iStockphoto struck by phishing attack

Graham Cluley

Users of the huge iStockphoto online photo library are being advised to change their passwords following a phishing attack against the website.

According to a statement on the website, the phishing attack was perpetrated across iStockphoto’s online forums and via the site’s mail system, directing unsuspecting users to a bogus login page which requested their username and password.

The online photo store, that was acquired by Getty Images in 2006 and is beloved by marketing people the world over, went offline earlier today as iStockphoto security team investigated the attack.

From the sound of things, iStockphoto is still working its way through users’ site inboxes, removing the offending messages. In the meantime, users are advised to steer clear of opening their site mail and – of course – to change their passwords.

At first I was concerned that iStockphoto weren’t doing enough to warn their users about the security threat – after all, it appeared that they had squirrelled the…

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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.