POLITICS AND PHISHING

As if the early Presidential campaign were not irritating enough, the political campaigning presents the potential for another email based scam. Many of us have received emails from various politicians seeking support.

According to Wikipedia, "[p]hishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. eBay, PayPal and online banks are common targets. Phishing is typically carried out by email or instant messaging, and often directs users to enter details at a website, although phone contact has also been used."

In a broadcast on American Public Radio's Future Tense, Markus Jakobbson, the associate director of Indiana University's Center for Cybersecurity Research, says the potential for phishers to use e-mails that look like they come from candidates, is immense.

Be careful out there.