Chapter 8. Stopping Phishing

Stopping spam is an important objective in its own right, but stopping or even eliminating spam will not by itself stop phishing.

Impersonation spam is only a tactic. Phishing gangs also create fake merchant Web sites, sometimes using a domain name that is a common mistyping of a well-known online merchant. Some use a virus to install spyware; others run Internet cafés with hardware key-loggers built into their machines. It is important to focus on the crime and not just ephemeral tactics. The tactics change, but the basic principle remains the same: Trick the user into revealing his access information, and then use it for financial gain.

Stealing credit card numbers is only one part of a complex criminal ecology. The ...

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