Phishing bait sites in the last few days have attempted to steal Apple ID’s, according to a Fraud Analyst at Trend Micro which found that 110 websites have become compromised and contain a spoofed Apple ID login page.
Once users log onto a compromised site they are directed to a fake Apple log in page and are asked to enter their credit card information in order to verify their account. During this time the fraudulent site steals your information.
Identity thieves in this case are looking to access and manage your Apple ID, and could very well steal your identity, change your preferences and privacy settings. According to Trend Micro’s Fraud Analyst the IP address used for these sites is 184.108.40.206, so be on the lookout. Since many mobile phones do not display the IP address, it is best to make all changes to your account using your computer.
How do hackers gain access to your personal information?
Hackers use a phishing site sent from a spammed message stating that your Apple user account is about to expire. One indication that you are on a spoofed site is, there is no sign of the Apple padlock ensuring you are on a secure site. For tips on how you can avoid bad URLs when using your mobile phone go to http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/ebooks/avoiding-bad-urls-in-the-mobile-web/#/2/
What can happen if identity theives get your Apple ID?
Identity thieves use your Apple ID to take over your account in order to gain access to your credit card and billing address; which are the two most important things a crook needs to steal your identity.Recently a local Santa Ana women found a large amount of charges made to her Apple account that she did not make. However, she did state that her grandson does play a few different Apps from time to time. The bottom line is that even if you think you are safe from identity theft, remember that when you play Apps using your phone or computer, your security is at risk.
Secure your information
Identity theft can happen on a small or large scale, so to better protect yourself, make sure to secure your personal information. Trend Micro reccomends that Apple account users set up a two step verification process which requires you to verify your identity before logging in. For instructions on how to do this, visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5570
As consumers in this great information age we need to stay alert and ahead of identity theft scams. If you have been a victim of identity theft and you live in Santa Ana, contact the Santa Ana Police Department’s Economic Crime Unit http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/economiccrimes.asp If you live anywhere in the United States and feel you have been a victim of identity theft or fraud using the internet, contact the internet crime complaint center at http://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx
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Pajares, P. (2013, April 30). Hackers manage your Apple ID, if caught from phishing bait
Trend Micro website. Retrieved from http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-