22 July 2013

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A variety of phishing emails target Apple customers

Subscribers should be wary that an increasing volume of Apple-related phishing emails are circulating. These phishing scams attempt to steal your personal information, Apple account details and financial credentials.

Many variations are in circulation, but current examples include links to fake Apple websites which try to trick you into entering your Apple ID or password information. These sites can look convincing, and may link back to legitimate Apple websites. Accessing these sites could also enable malware to be installed on your computer.

An example of a recent Apple phishing email is provided below:

Sample fake Apple email, including a link to verify your account information

In this example, the sender’s email address includes “apple.com”, but this is not an official Apple address. The “Verify Now” link also takes you to a non-Apple website address. It’s important to realise, however, that it’s possible for both of these details to be masked or hidden in more sophisticated phishing emails.

The most effective protection against any phishing attempt is your own suspicion. A business such as Apple will not ask for your personal or financial details in an email.

Apple users also have the option of activating two-factor authentication for their Apple account.

Avoiding phishing emails

Do not click links or open attachments unless you are confident about the sender and the information the email contains. The best advice is to simply delete the email.

If you are uncertain about the origin of any email you can always cross check the information by going independently to the company or source’s website or by calling them directly.

More information

Stay Smart Online has recently provided advice on two factor authentication, as well as avoiding phishing (PDF), and avoiding scams and hoaxes.

Security Vendor Kaspersky on the increase in Apple phishing attacks.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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Disclaimer

This information has been prepared by Enex TestLab for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy ('the Department'). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.

This information is general information only and is intended for use by private individuals and small to medium sized businesses. If you are concerned about a specific cyber security issue you should seek professional advice.

The Commonwealth, Enex TestLab, and all other persons associated with this advisory accept no liability for any damage, loss or expense incurred as a result of the provision of this information, whether by way of negligence or otherwise.

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