Phishers pretending to be Apple

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In my opinion, one of the most despicable types of computer criminals today is the phisher. As Wikipedia explains:

“Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication… Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing[4] or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.”

Even sophisticated users can fall for phishing email, and while phishers are despicable, they are good at what they do. It can be difficult to distinguish a phishing email from a legitimate one.

This week I received two phishing emails that were disguised as emails from Apple, which really angered me. Figure 1 shows one of these emails.

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Figure 1

I was able to tell that this was not really from Apple by looking at the sender’s real email address. (Figure 2)

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Figure 2

You should do two things if you receive a phishing email like this:

– Don’t click on any link in the email, and don’t reply.

– Forward the phishing email as an attachment (Figure 3) to Apple at this address: reportphishing@apple.com. Forwarding the email as an attachment will preserve the email’s technical details that Apple needs to take action against the phishing criminal.

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Figure 3

You can read more about Apple’s work to stop phishing here.

Let’s give Apple all the help we can to stop these criminals.

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Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team.