Online romantics targeted by dating site phishing attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

More and more people are looking for love online.

As a consequence, millions of people have created accounts on online dating websites, which they have filled with personal information and (typically) poorly lit webcam photographs of themselves.

One of the leading dating websites is Match.com, which means that many people might have been tempted to click on the link in this spammed-out email:

Subject: Match.com account verification

Message body:
Our Valued Customer,
You Have 1 New Security Message Alert !
Click here to resolve the problem
Thank you for helping us to protect you.

Yours Sincerely,
Match Online

Fortunately, the bogus website that potential victims are taken to is hardly the most convincing replica of the real Match.com website:

Of course, if you do mistakenly enter your login credentials onto the phishing website, you may not only be…

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.

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