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Freud and Phishing: The Psychology Behind Internet Scams. JC Lamkin, CNA, PMP Gypsy Lane Technologies Philadelphia, PA 19144 (215) 843-1039 [email protected] http://www.gltMYpc.com Twitter.com/TechCrusader. What is Phishing?. Making Money with Phish. 2,000,000 emails are sent

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freud and phishing the psychology behind internet scams

Freud and Phishing:The Psychology Behind Internet Scams

JC Lamkin, CNA, PMP

Gypsy Lane Technologies

Philadelphia, PA 19144

(215) 843-1039

[email protected]

http://www.gltMYpc.com

Twitter.com/TechCrusader

making money with phish
Making Money with Phish
  • 2,000,000 emails are sent
  • 5% get to the end user – 100,000(APWG)
  • 5% click on the phishing link – 5,000(APWG)
  • 2% enter data into the phishing site – 100(Gartner)
  • $1,200 from each person who enters data (FTC)
  • Our potential reward: $120,000
how much information
How Much Information?
  • 4.1 million –The number of credit card numbers discovered in ONE phishing blind drop a 4 month period
  • A typical day
    • Information for 13,677 accounts
    • 3,356 credit cards
    • 255 PayPal account logins
    • 1,038 eBay account logins
    • 93 Bank of America online banking account logins
    • 2,609 Hotmail email account logins

Source: Washingtonpost.com (Security Fix: Brian Krebs)

psychology phish spam
Psychology: Phish ≠ Spam

People treat spam and phish differently

  • Take a Phishing Email and place it in an end users “spam” folder.
    • 10% of the time the user removes the phishing email from the spam folder and places it in their inbox.
  • Take a Phishing Email and place it in an end-users “phish” folder
    • The user removes the phishing email from the phish folder less than 0.5% of the time.
fear you re being naughty
Fear – You’re Being Naughty

“…payments or donations for obscene or certain sexually oriented goods or services.”

“…your account…limited for: xxxcambabes.com cam shows.”

fear account takeover
Fear – Account Takeover

“…someone had used your account to make fake bids…”

“You must verify …”

“…no choice but to suspend your account.”

fear service deactivation 1
Fear – Service Deactivation # 1

“…service(s)…will be deactivated…”

fear service deactivation 2
Fear – Service Deactivation # 2

“…service(s)…will be deactivated…”

fear service deactivation 3
Fear – Service Deactivation # 3

“…service(s)…will be deactivated…”

poll time possibilities
Poll-time Possibilities

LEGIT??

...Only for Poll Workers

other email tricks
Other Email Tricks
  • Multi-Stage Attacks
    • Email 1 – “We’ll be updating all our accounts this weekend”
    • Email 2 – “We discovered a problem with your account”
  • Multi-channel Attacks
    • Email contains both
      • Phishing URL
      • Phishing phone number (typically VOIP based)
the domain name game
citibank-validate.info

earthlink-reactivation.net

services-bankofamerica.com

sales-aol.net

secure-ebay.com

msn-reactivation.net

secure-usbank.info

service-visa.net

verification-e-gold.com

customer-verification.com

banking-account-renewal.com

Phishers SSL Certificate

>> citibanhk.de <<

Duplicated Registrar Info

>> credltlyonaisse.com <<

Registering a Cyrillic “a”

>> paypal.com <<

The Domain Name Game

Hall of Fame

web site tricks
Web Site Tricks

We arrive at the website. Is something phishy?

web site tricks29
Web Site Tricks

There is no address bar!

web site tricks30
Web Site Tricks

Now there’s two!

more web site tricks
More Web Site Tricks
  • Search Engine Listings
  • Common URL misspellings

www.mailfrontier.com

www.mailfronteir.com

www.malefrontier.com

protect yourself
Protect Yourself
  • Know your senders
    • Is this someone I do business with?
    • Is this something I was told I’d receive?
    • Look for other ways to respond
protect yourself34
Protect Yourself
  • Stay on guard
    • Look for clues – improve your PhishingIQ
    • Don’t be afraid to ask
    • Know how your system is updated
    • Protect your system
    • Check your records
    • Check your sources, snopes.com
not just a consumer issue
Not Just a Consumer Issue
  • Operations
    • Microsoft Updates, RSA SecurID
  • Corporate credit cards
    • American Express, Visa, MasterCard
  • Purchasing and Payments
    • Ebay, PayPal
  • Network Services
    • Verizon, Earthlink
  • Web Services
    • DNS Name Registration, Hosting Companies
protect your brand
Protect Your Brand
  • Cut-and-Paste links, minimize links
  • Use personal information where possible
  • Provide non-email ways to verify
  • Use standard company domain names
  • Identify your partners
  • Set and follow standard communication practices
phishing don t take the bait
Phishing - Don’t Take the Bait
  • Preemptive
    • Phishing is different than spam – think Virus
  • Technology
    • Its more than a consumer issue
    • Multi-faceted solution – No silver bullet
  • Psychology
    • Educate your customers/employees/yourself
    • Improve their PhishingIQ
    • Email is still Good! Really it is!
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Freud and Phishing:The Psychology Behind Internet Scams

JC Lamkin, CNA, PMP

Gypsy Lane Technologies

Philadelphia, PA 19144

(215) 843-1039

[email protected]

http://www.gltMYpc.com

Twitter.com/TechCrusader

Special thanks to infosecurity.com

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