Trend Micro, the antivirus company, has a Malware Blog where they track all the bad stuff that can happen to your computer. Although the screenshots come from Windows machines, they did have one up this week that showed the Apple Store. Sneaky (and smart) phishers are sending emails that say there is a problem with your billing, and they weren’t able to process the payment. Pretty sneaky considering there are likely a lot of people who have just purchased a 3G iPhone. Very smart timing, if you ask me.
The email takes the user to an Apple look alike site that asks for the “user’s credit card type, credit card number, expiration date, security code, billing address and social security number.” In addition to the grief that comes with having your identity stolen, this info could give the phishers full access to all purchases that can be made from Apple: hardware, software, iTunes account, and iPhoto products.
This is one of the drawbacks of Apple’s great success. Unix is pretty solid and secure, but people have never put much effort into attacking Macs because of the economies of scale. Now that Macs are becoming more popular, we will likely see more malware attempts aimed at Apple hardware, software, and customers. Hopefully, it won’t ever get as bad as it is on any PC.
Don’t click on those links in emails. Go to the site directly. Be sure to check and make sure it is a secure website you are using. You can tell because it will start with https:// or have a lock in the status bar (not in Safari).