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Police arrest bank phishing scam suspect: The suspect used details of credit card holders.
[November 15, 2009]

Police arrest bank phishing scam suspect: The suspect used details of credit card holders.

Nov 15, 2009 (Globes - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The Israel Police last night arrested a person suspected of launching phishing attacks against bank customers. The arrest came after a complaint to Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI). The bank and police closely cooperated in the investigation.

The suspect, 22, a resident of the territories, obtained the details of credit card holders, creating a database of cardholders. The suspect made a similar phishing attempt at the Bank of Israel website.

The Police Tel Aviv District said that the arrest was carried out with the assistance of the IDF and detectives of the Benjamin district station.

Bank Leumi customers received a garbled message, which stated (in error-filled Hebrew), "Dear Customer. In order to ensure that you are always protected, we're presenting a new program on security, called Secure Bank, and you will see how this initiatives will be to put in place to improve your Internet banking experience. Continue measuring the new security." Clicking on the contact directed the bank customer to a website, which looked identical to Bank Leumi's website, but with a different address.

Phishing attacks often lead to websites that mimic genuine websites in order to obtain information. The URL of the fake website is usually almost identical to the URL of the real website.

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