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23 / 03 / 2016

You don’t need to be a hacker to get the photos of the hottest celebs

Continuing the story of celebs, nude photos were leaked from at least 50 iCloud and 72 Gmail accounts, and a 36-year old hacker has been charged by Department of Justice.

According to the IBTimes, 26 celebrities have been affected by the scandal in 2014, when nude photos of such celebs as Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst and others appeared on Reddit and 4chan. However, the sites immediately removed the posts.

The officials said that the chief suspect in this case Ryan Collins played guilty on one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to get information. And what’s really funny, he was not even close to be a hacker. Collins described how he robbed the accounts in a tricky way. All he needed were fake email addresses e-mail.protection318@icloud.com and noreply_helpdesk0118@outlook.com, and a little luck. Collins asked the celebs for account login details via fake emails on behalf of Apple or Google and, oddly enough, they gave him this information.

Collins explained that he practiced such scam tactic for the first time after he had watched a YouTube tutorial on how to start a phishing campaign in 15 minutes and how to create an HTML email that would look like it came right from Apple. According to Return Path, 97% people globally cannot correctly identify a sophisticated phishing email, and it encourages the beginners to try their luck. Watch an example of the tutorial on the top of the post.

Phishing is the most common scam tactic in the world that targets both business and individual users. The University of Chicago IT Service provides the latest email scams, you can check them here.

How to Avoid Being Phished?

#1 Do not open emails from unrecognized senders. If you opened such an email, don’t follow any links. Phishing via email is a typical way of information theft.

#2 Never email your personal information, even if you know the recipient well. Your personal or financial information can be stolen during the delivery process. Or else, you will never know who may get access to your account.

#3. Avoid emails with URLs that contain misleading domain names.

#4. Pay attention if the message contains poor spelling and grammar.

#5. Do not trust offers that seem too good to be true.

#6. Stay away from messages that appear to be from a government agency.