Spammers use iPhone 4G hype to gather private info

by CXOtoday Staff    May 17, 2010

Spammers are using the lure of a free next generation Apple iPhone to gather email addresses and other personal information. Sophos has intercepted email spam inviting recipients to sign up to test, try and keep the much-predicted (but as yet unannounced) next version of the iPhone, which is being dubbed the ‘4G’ by the media.

"Even though it hasn’t been officially announced by Apple, and may not
be released for a couple of months, there is a lot of buzz on the
internet about the iPhone 4G," said Graham Cluley, senior technology
consultant, Sophos. "In their excitement, some internet users might
blindly hand over their personal information in the belief that they
will get a preview version of what will be one of 2010’s hottest
gadgets. But, being careless with your data risks exposing yourself to
more spam in future and costly identity theft."

Sophos researchers have also uncovered a coordinated campaign on Twitter where adverts are being sent to users promising a ‘free iPhone 4G’. However, clicking on the links provided in either spam campaign takes users to a website which demands private information such as name, address, email, contact details and date of birth.