Skype, PayPal and eBay

There’s quite a bit that’s interesting in all this Skype/eBay business. I know others have raked over all this before, but now it’s official I’ll weigh in too. The release is quite informative. It says “Skype, eBay and PayPal will create an unparalleled ecommerce and communications engine for buyers and sellers around the world.” How, …

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Ebay to buy Skype: It’s Official

eBay Inc. has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company, for approximately $2.6 billion in up-front cash and eBay stock, plus potential performance-based consideration. Here’s the rest of the release: The acquisition will strengthen eBay’s global marketplace and payments platform, while opening several new lines of business and creating significant …

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Email For A Survey

AlienCamel, the email service that does a pretty good job of keeping out spam and viruses I’ve mentioned in the past, is offering a year’s Clean Email in return for feedback: We are looking for 50 special users who are willing to give us some feedback about our email service from time to time. In …

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Phishing Your Yahoo! Account

More evidence that phishers are widening their net. Munir Kotadia of ZDNet Australia reports that Yahoo’s free instant-messaging (IM) service is being targeted by phishers in an attempt to steal usernames, passwords and other personal information. Yahoo confirmed on Thursday its service was being targeted by a phishing scam. According to the search giant, attackers …

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A New Phish?

Not sure if this is new but I’ve not seen it before: A clever new piece of social engineering in a phishing email. You have added phoneseller@yahoo.com as a new email address for your PayPal account. If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with your account, please contact PayPal customer …

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Closing The Door After The Phish Has Bolted

MasterCard, one of several banks discovered to have flaws on their websites that would have allowed a phisher to capture passwords, says it has fixed the problem. American Banker Online reported (subscription required) last week that MasterCard International “has confirmed finding and fixing a flaw on its web site’s ‘Find A Card’ tool that could …

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How To Make A Phish Look Real

Here’s an interesting — and troubling — variation on the phishing scam: Using country-specific domain name to make a phishing link look real. The problem for phishers has always been to conceal the fact that the link victims are asked to click on takes them to a website address that looks dodgy — either the URL …

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Double Checking A Phishing Scam

Sometimes the usual checks to see whether an email is a phishing scam or not don’t work. Here’s an example. This morning I received a quite credible looking PayPal email. Of course it had all the hallmarks of a phishing scam too, but then again I’ve received some genuine emails I thought were phishers, so …

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Two Ways To Fight Fraud

Here are some tools to help folk worried by all this identity theft/fraud/phishing thang. Protecteer LLC has today released SignupShield 2.0, an add-on for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that, among other things “automatically creates a hard to guess password and a disposable email address, each time a user signs-up with a new Web site”. It then …

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