Friday, December 10, 2004

Wild, wild internet

In his latest article on BBC's Technology News, Bill Thompson writes about the newest techniques on the block (a mixture of phishing and browser hijacking) to fool uncautious users into thinking they're browsing through legitimate bank and auction websites.

4 comments:

Merlinx said...

I get such emails from banks and such asking me to "verify" my account as I am sure others do too.

But some people are simply doomed because they have a propensity to click no matter what you teach them about not visiting suspicious sites, or on links in emails from people they don't know or watching out for e-scams. It's a psychological issue really; some people know some part of their minds are telling them, "This site/link looks suspicious. I shouldn't access it." Yet they will eventually (give in to temptation to see where the unknown leads them) and end up in the hole, banging their heads later. Many people have pretty screwy online habits. And the Net is a place which can have a strange way of feeding peoples' temptations.

Zunaira said...

A lady from Geo called last week. She hosts a show on psychological disorders in society and wanted to highlight the effect of phishing/scam emails on Pakistanis. According to her, the impact is huge--some story in Jang about a Lahori doctor who went to Nigeria believing those emails we all get gave them the idea. Can you believe this?

Merlinx said...

The earth's population is approaching 6.5 billion. There's one born every minute. More technology only means more tales of idiocy. Don't be surprised... :-)

Anonymous said...

I see greed fueling virtual reality! halla