Focussed Phishing Attacks

Dave Waterson, CEO at data security provider. SentryBay said in a statement “We have noticed an increase in the number and sophistication of phishing attacks over the last few months. The Xbox Live is a good example of a focussed phishing attack, by targeting an exact user type and using elements of social engineering, the attacks are more tailored and thus more believable. By pretending to offer an incentive (Microsoft gaming points), hackers were having a higher hit-rate. Subsequently further social engineering techniques are used to extend the amount of information gained (including getting credit card information) via communications from what appears to be a trusted source.

Conventional anti-phishing approaches are not geared to protect against this attack (especially when the web pages can easily disappear and resurface), what you need is an approach that specifically protects targeted attacks on brands.”

If you are an Xbox user and are part of the Xbox community, don’t be tempted by an email that tells you to go to a website and buy tokens for games, extra levels and all that gamey stuff.

Earlier this year Sony found its information had been attacked and hundreds of thousands had their accounts and security compromised. This is different.The Xbox network has not been breached, people are receiving emails and uploading their details voluntarily.