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Phishing: Cutting the Identity Theft Line
Synopses & Reviews
"Phishing" is the hot new identity theft scam. An unsuspecting victim receives an e-mail that seems to come from a bank or other financial institution, and it contains a link to a Web site where s/he is asked to provide account details. The site looks legitimate, and 3 to 5 percent of people who receive the e-mail go on to surrender their information-to crooks. One e-mail monitoring organization reported 2.3 billion phishing messages in February 2004 alone.
If that weren't enough, the crooks have expanded their operations to include malicious code that steals identity information without the computer user's knowledge. Thousands of computers are compromised each day, and phishing code is increasingly becoming part of the standard exploits.
Written by a phishing security expert at a top financial institution, this unique book helps IT professionals respond to phishing incidents. After describing in detail what goes into phishing expeditions, the author provides step-by-step directions for discouraging attacks and responding to those that have already happened.
In Phishing, Rachael Lininger:
Have you been caught yet?
They don't just want to know who you are, they want to BE who you are. By duplicating a legitimate website, phishers can convince you that email asking for your personal information came from your bank, an online retailer, even your ISP. Their high-tech identity theft costs American consumers and businesses billions, and if you access the Internet, you're a target. Whether you manage corporate security or just shop online, this book is loaded with weapons you can't afford to be without.
This book will be written in two parts. The first will discuss the technical underbelly of phishing, including the ever-widening variety of tactics the criminals use and why prevention is impossible. The second part will discuss techniques technical professionals can use to “prevent” phishing and respond to attacks.
· A case study of how phishing has affected one major institution, which can provide a reality check as far as numbers of incidents, potential threat, etc.
· Other case studies revealing the technical inside of really impressive phishing attacks and used as step-by-step prevention models
· IDS signatures to help prevent the identity theft that is the phishers’ object
· Detailed incident response techniques and code application that work for getting sites shut down within a day or so
About the Author
Rachael Lininger works as a technical writer in the information security department of a major U.S. financial institution. She has documented too many phishing cases to count.
Russell Dean Vines is a best-selling author and president of The RDV Group, a security services firm. He is a specialist in cyber counter-terrorism and a consultant on security vulnerabilities.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
Chapter 1: Phishing for Phun and Profit.
Chapter 2: Bait and Switch: Phishing Emails.
Chapter 3: False Fronts: Phishing Websites.
Chapter 4: Are You Owned? Understanding Phishing Spyware.
Chapter 5: Gloom and Doom: You Can’t Stop Phishing Completely.
Chapter 6: Helping Your Organization Avoid Phishing.
Chapter 7: Fighting Back: How Your Organization Can Respond to Attacks.
Chapter 8: Avoiding the Hook: Consumer Education.
Chapter 9: Help! I’m a Phish! Consumer Response.
Appendix A: Glossary of Phishing-Related Terms.
Appendix B: Useful Websites.
Appendix C: Identity Theft Affidavit.
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