iPhone SMS Phishing Attempt

A user of gspn, reported today that he got a suspect SMS messages on his iPhone, telling him that my “Mobile Banking app has been updated” and he was supposed to click on the link provided to get the update.

If you recall, a few months ago, there was a big fuss about iPhones that could get hijacked through SMS messages. We also offered you a couple of explanations about the phenomenon . Luckily this is something that belongs to the past, and ( as far as i know ) nobody was hacked.

But that doesent mean that you shouldnt be careful about what SMS messages you receive,  because there’s always something called “phishing”. Im sure you got a fair amount of phishing emails , but if you are not familiar with the term, n the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

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A user of gspn, reported today that he got a suspect SMS messages on his iPhone, telling him that my “Mobile Banking app has been updated” and he was supposed to click on the link provided to get the update.

Tuesday I was at work and I got an SMS message telling me that my “Mobile Banking app has been updated” and I was supposed to click on the link provided to get the update. First off, I don’t even use a mobile banking app to access my banking and second, I know that any app updates are done through iTunes. So after feeling a bit like my intelligence was insulted by such an obvious attempt at phishing, and after looking at the message details to see if I could glean any further info, I chuckled and swiped my finger to delete it. There is no further info to be had in the message and it didn’t even show up in my SMS logs on AT&T website.

Just wanted to let everyone know about this and to be forewarned. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If by any chance, you dont own an iPhone and you read this article, or you own a couple of smart phones, dont thing for one moment that this is strictly related to iPhone. Just be careful next time you receive an SMS