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Apple ID Phishing Scam May Have You Fooled—How To Avoid Falling Victim
By Kylie Woon, 12 Oct 2017
Be careful the next time you see an Apple ID dialog box prompting you to reenter your password—it could be a phishing scam aiming to steal your information.
According to developer and fastlane founder Felix Krause, scammers can easily replicate the Apple ID login popup box with just 30 lines of code, which Krause declined to publish.
This means victims could be handing over their passwords to scammers on a silver platter.
iOS frequently prompts its users for their password. “As a result, users are trained to just enter their Apple ID password whenever iOS prompts [them] to do so,” warns Krause, who says that even tech-savvy individuals may not spot the scam.
To safeguard against such phishing attacks, Krause listed these suggestions:
Hit the home button to see if the app quits. “[If] it closes the app, and with it the dialog, then this was a phishing attack,” he shares. “If the dialog and app are still visible, then it’s a system dialog.”
Don’t submit passwords through any popups, but instead close them and enter ‘Settings’ to manually enter your password.
Mobile app phishing is still relatively new—and unlike browser attacks, many are unsure of how to safeguard against them. Read Krause’s blog post in its entirety here to learn more.
The most shocking thing about this, is that it only took me about 15 minutes to build a perfect replica of the original pic.twitter.com/iiMKLLHvA6— Felix Krause (@KrauseFx) October 10, 2017
[via Felix Krause, opening image by DesignTAXI]
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