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Phishing scam targets Godaddy customers
Phishing scam to steal user’s personal data or financial credentials
Phishing scam to steal user’s personal data or financial credentials is nothing new and this time GoDaddy users are the victim of it. With each day the cyber scammers are coming up with more inventive and compelling ways to out do users and get hold of the advantage.
Phishing is one of the easiest methods employed by cyber criminals to achieve their malicious intent especially for those users who are not acquainted with social engineering. Awareness is the first initiative that is to be taken to counter these threats posed by cyber criminals and scammers. Ethical Hacking works like the torch of guidance in this respect. It gives you the much-needed skill and instills within you the awareness to fight against cyber crime ensuring that every step of yours in the digital world i.e. in the cyber sea is a well thought out and a safe one. Not only phishing scams there are other numerous way of cyber attacks that are being directed against users all over the globe.
Phishing emails have been a weapon for cyber scammers
Phishing emails have been a weapon for cyber scammers for quite some time now and it is being frequently used as previously Paypal has also suffered the same fate when attackers targeted customers using legit email IDs. These kind of emails has led to and is leading to numerous phishing scams. According to Defend Mag, the latest phishing scam is directed to GoDaddy users where attackers are sending emails to the website owner’s inbox from a legit GoDaddy e-mail address support@GoDaddy.com. The email reads that their email account storage on GoDaddy server has exceeded from the given 20MB limit and any incoming emails will be bouncing back. And in order to do away with this problem the users are asked to click on a link given in the mail which will be providing them with 2GB of free space, thereby enabling them with the continuation of receiving e-mails.
Up to this point things are well and fine but to get the free space the link has to be clicked and there’s where the trap is laid and the trouble begins. People having no account at GoDaddy may well ignore this e-mail (message) but those having one if and when clicks on that link their login credentials are sent straightaway to the cybercriminals behind the scam.
The name of the link is “Upgrade Mailbox” which takes the users to the legit Go Daddy website mtparent (dot) com/themes/www (dot) html where once users add their GoDaddy login and passwords they are redirected to the original GoDaddy website GoDaddy.com. This is when and how their login credentials reach the cybercriminals involved in the scam.
There is a positive news though on this matter. Chrome browser has been quick to list the site (mtparent (dot) com) that has been hosting the scam as a deceptive one that may disclose your personal information (passwords, credit cards and the like). However, there is a bad news also and that is Chrome is not showing any warning message on [mtparent (dot) com/themes/www (dot) html] domain whenever a user is redirected to it. Now this can be a great advantage for the scammers for every user is not familiar with phishing scams particularly the ones coming from seemingly legit looking email addresses.
So, if you are a website owner at GoDaddy be very careful in not falling prey to this scam and kindly spread the word as far and as much as you possibly can.