Wednesday, November 28, 2007

66.1 Host Locked

Having found a static pattern for identifying a Rock Phish domain a couple of months ago in the form of the bogus "209 Host Locked" message, the Rock Phishers seems to have picked up the finding and changed the default domain message to "66.1 Host Locked" as of recently. Here are the very latest Rock Phish domains using this :

business-eb.bbt.com.4rrt.es
ntu3ot1.com
nikogonet.com
ne5oe.com
nod-for-pc.com
sparkasse.de.4rrt.es
marip.com.es

Moreover, a recently released survey results by Cloudmark, whose study into the Economics of Phishing is also worth going through, indicates that current and prospective customers of a certain brand lose trust in it, if they're exposed to phishing emails pretending to be from that brand :

The survey revealed that:

- 42% of respondents surveyed feel that the trust in a brand would be greatly reduced if they received a phishing email claiming to be sent by that brand
- 41% of those surveyed felt that their trust in a bank would be greatly reduced if they received a phishing email claiming to be from that company, compared to 40% who felt the same for an ISP, 36% for an online shopping site and 33% for a social networking site
- 26% of those surveyed feel that they are the party most responsible for protecting themselves from phishing attacks, with 23% believing their Internet Service Provider (ISP) or email service provider is the most responsible and 17% thinking that the sender’s ISP and email service provider holds the greatest responsibility

The last point is perhaps the most insightful one, given it has to do with self-awareness and responsibility, forwarding the responsibility to the provider of the email service, and best of all, seeking more responsibility in fighting outgoing phishing and spam compared to incoming one.