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Phishing season (quiz)

Ah, the festive season! Carolers come a-caroling; callers come a-calling and ... phishers come a-phishing. That's right -- for some miscreants, the festive season is also prime phishing season. And who needs help maxing out the cards this time of year? Take our quiz to find out how much you know about these holiday hazards. Don't get caught!

1. Is Rock Phish:
a. an organization of phishers
b. an anti-phishing organization
c. a rock group
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2. In this agriculturally-themed spin on phishing, the perpetrator plants coding on the victim's computer. Once the host file is compromised, when the user types in a URL or clicks a bookmark, the browser will redirect to a phishing Web site -- which may appear quite legitimate. What is it?
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3. Phishing emails most often appear to come from:
a. a friend
b. a well-known and trustworthy Web site
c. an unknown individual or organization
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4. This further crime is typically the ultimate goal of the phisher. There are two variations: true name and account takeover. What is it?
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5. The online scammer's equivalent of K-Tel's Fishin' Magician, this typically includes: Web site development software, complete with graphics, coding, and content that can be used to create convincing imitations of legitimate sites, as well as spamming software to automate the mass mailing process. What is it?
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6. This is the corruption of an Internet server's domain name system table by replacing an Internet address with that of another, rogue address. Is it:
a. cookie poisoning
b. cache poisoning
c. URL poisoning
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7. What kind of device is targeted in a variant of phishing known as SMiShing?
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8. According to the New York Times, this type of phishing is likely to be conducted by sophisticated groups out for financial gain, trade secrets or military information rather than random hackers.
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9. Many types of phishing rely, in part, upon this non-technical type of trickery, for example by convincing a user to give them authorization information. What is it?
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10. In this variation, the attacker takes advantage of an inadequately protected broadband router to gain access to user data. What is it?
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How many could you guess correctly without peeking? Let us know!

This was last updated in March 2008

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