12/1/2005

Phishers Pose as IRS Agents

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 5:03 pm

Security glitch enables hackers to usurp government sites and mislead users into revealing personal data.

The Department of Labor says it is working to fix a programming glitch in a government Web portal that makes it easier for phishers to trick people into disclosing sensitive information. The flaw was first exploited by phishers who, earlier this week, began sending out bogus e-mail messages asking for personal information, including social security and credit card numbers.

The bug lets these phishers redirect URLs that use the GovBenefits.gov domain to fraudulent Web sites that are unconnected with the U.S. government.

Source: PCWorld

 

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