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Phishing: Cutting the Identity Theft Line

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9922-4
334 pages
May 2005
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"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:

  • Offers case studies that reveal the technical ins and outs of impressive phishing attacks.
  • Presents a step-by-step model for phishing prevention.
  • Explains how intrusion detection systems can help prevent phishers from attaining their goal-identity theft.
  • Delivers in-depth incident response techniques that can quickly shutdown phishing sites.
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About the Authors.

Introduction.

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.

Index.

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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.

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“…written by a phishing security expert at a top financial institution, this unique book helps IT professionals respond to phishing incidents…” (Computing, 28 July 2005)
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