Christmas shoppers targeted in Aussie phishing campaign

Graham Cluley

Australian online shoppers are being targeted in a phishing campaign which pretends to be from Trading Post. (For those who don’t know, Trading Post is an Antipodean competitor to internet auction site eBay).

The offending emails warn that your account has expired and must be renewed online – which sounds like bad news if you had some last-minute Christmas shopping in mind.

But if you click on the link it doesn’t take you to the real Australian Trading Post site, but a clone which asks for your username and password. The bogus site even goes as far as to reproduce Trading Post’s warning that the company will never send you an email asking you to sign in from a link inside the email – it’s a shame more people don’t follow this very sound advice!

A little investigation uncovers that the fake pages are being served from a baseball fan’s website which has been hacked to host the phishing content. The site is also hosting a phishing site targeting Italian PayPal users…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.