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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Web sites that use e-mail addresses as identifiers are open to exploitation by scammers

Phishers get personal | CNET News.com:

Web sites that use e-mail addresses as identifiers for password reminders and registration are open to exploitation by scammers to generate detailed profiles of people [...]

In the technique described in the report, spammers and phishers automatically run thousands of e-mail addresses through Web site registration and password-reminder tools. Because many online businesses return a specific message when an e-mail address is registered with the site, attackers can find out whether that address represents a valid customer.


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