As the clocks go back, UK Apple users targeted by smishing campaign

Think before you click, and you too can avoid phishers.

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Apple ID smishing

The clocks went back one hour at 2am here in the UK, as we vaguely recalled the four day summer we had experienced earlier in the year and properly settled in for winter.

And as most of us slept, the phishing gangs were up to their old tricks – spamming out SMS messages purporting to be warnings from Apple that our Apple IDs were due to expire today, and that we should act quickly.

Your AppleID is die to expire Today, Please tap [url] to update and prevent loss of services and icloud accounts.

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Be careful not to click on the link, however, as you will be taken to a fake Apple ID login page…

Apple ID phishing

..which prompts you to enter your Apple ID and password, before trying to trick you into sharing your credit card details and your mother’s maiden name or even your passport number…

Apple scam

Phishing via SMS messages (known as smishing) isn’t a new phenomenon, and Apple users have been targeted in similar ways in the past by convincing-looking replicas of the real Apple ID login page.

Stay safe folks, always be wary of the links that you click on – and, if you haven’t already done so, enable two-step verification on your Apple ID account.

Hat-tip: Thanks to Simon Rae-Scott for bringing this latest phishing campaign to my attention.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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