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Massive Phishing Attack Targets iTunes Customers

Cleverly-crafted email tells users there is a problem with a purchase they haven't made, PandaLabs says

Apple's popular iTunes platform has become a major target for hackers looking to steal credit card data from the service's millions of users, a research lab reports.

According to PandaLabs, victims of the new phishing exploit receive a cleverly crafted email with a phony receipt informing them that they have made an expensive purchase on iTunes. The user, having never made the purchase, is concerned by the email and naturally tries to resolve the problem --- by clicking on the proffered fake link.

After clicking the link, the victim is asked to download a fake PDF reader. Once installation is complete, the user is redirected to an infected Web page containing the Zeus Trojan, which is specifically designed to steal personal data. This phishing attack was uncovered shortly after a similar phishing attack targeting LinkedIn users appeared last week, which appears to have originated in Russia.

"Phishing is nothing new," said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. "What never ceases to surprise us is that the techniques used to trick victims continue to be so simple, but the design and content is so very well-orchestrated. It's very easy to fall into the trap. When using services such as iTunes, it is absolutely crucial that users never go to the website via email, but rather from the platform itself, where they can verify their account status."

This new scam has been reported to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which has started to block some of the Web addresses linked to in the fake email, PandaLabs says.

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