PresseBox
Press release BoxID: 195464 (Websense Deutschland GmbH)
  • Websense Deutschland GmbH
  • Feringastrasse 6
  • 85774 München Unterföhring
  • http://www.websense.com
  • Contact person
  • Rebecca Zarkos
  • +49 (221) 5694460

Websense(r) Security Labs ThreatSeeker network has discovered a rogue Beijing Olympics ticket lottery Web site.

(PresseBox) (Köln, ) The Web site uses the hostname beij***2008.cn, a clear typo-squat to the official Olympic Games Web site at http://www.beijing2008.cn/. Benefiting from the hype around the purchasing of tickets for the Games, the social engineering tactic behind this scam is to lure users into dialling a toll number to retrieve an access code for an available ticket. The toll number is likely an additional revenue generator for the scammers as callers would then be charged a premium rate for making that phone call.

Users who input the supplied access code are forwarded to a further Web page designed to collect personal information. They then have the incentive to enter credit card details, to pay a relatively small sum of RMB600 for the ticket (approximately 87 USD).

This phishing Web site goes a step further than most phishing sites by employing a phone-call "verification" step. This higher level of interactivity and supposed verification garners more trust from unsuspecting users.

To view the details of this alert Click here http://securitylabs.websense.com/content/Alerts/3152.aspx.