Welcome to Apple iCloud phishing attacks

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

When a Naked Security reader forwarded us a suspicious email he received today, it served as a healthy reminder for all computer users to be on their guard against phishing attacks.

The email claims to come from Apple, and appears to have targeted our correspondent because he is a user of Apple’s MobileMe service.

Apple is planning to shut down its MobileMe service in mid-2012, as it is readying its new iCloud service (which will store music, photos, calendars, documents etc in ‘the cloud’ and wirelessly push them to all of your devices).

Understandably, a lot of MobileMe users are interested in how they will migrate to iCloud and this is the issue that the phishing email uses as bait.

Subject:

Welcome to iCLOUD

Message body:

Important information for MobileMe members.

Dear MobileMe member,

Please sign up for iCloud and click the submit botton, you’ll be able to…

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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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