||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 7 -
A mouse trap is a web page that does not
respond to the traditional browser exit command. Once the domain
has been entered by the unsuspecting user, the back button on the
browser does not function and the user is stuck inside the web site.
According to eWeek Magazine, phishing has been
combined with mouse trapping to ensure that victims are taken in by
code to make sure that no matter what the user did, the window came
back up," said Bill Franklin, president of Zero Spam Network Corp.
in Coral Gables, Fla., and a member of the Anti-Phishing Working
Group, which works to identify and take down phishing-related sites.
"Any time that window lost focus, it always
came back to the front. It was a really good piece of social
engineering. We could see traffic going to the site and could just
imagine the losses mounting."
Since it is very easy to believe something once
it is written down, the web is a great place to start rumors and
incite panic. For scammers, Internet hoaxes are also a great way to
spread spyware and viruses. Here is an example of someone’s poor
idea of a joke.
Sometimes Internet hoaxes can have criminal
undertones such as the one that was targeted at African American
taxpayers. The hoax letter went something like this:
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