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Internet safety: Phishing - 'Youareblocked.com'
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Posted 3/12/08 , edited 3/12/08
Well, what's phishing? It's a term to describe malicious sites that attempt to leech your passwords or important information by getting you to voluntarily give it to them, under deceptive situations.

Recently, I've received several emails stating 'Find out who blocked you in MSN' and went to visit the given site. Interestingly, the way the site is written smells of fish.

Specifically, this was written:

You're Blocked, gives you the chance to find out who has blocked or deleted you. You just have to write your MSN account and your password, the system will process the information and within a few seconds you'll get the list of users who are lying to you.


I'm no big thinker, but moderating has its uses. The first part in green is the main crutch of what the site wants you to do, without further explanation of how this is to be done. 'write in' is a stupid choice of words. 'Key', 'Enter' would have looked more convincing.

In blue,

'the system will process the information' <-- is a common excuse and vague explanation to explain away 'complicated processes that an average user cannot possibly comprehend' what system? what information? what kind of process?

within a few seconds you'll get the list of users who are lying to you. if this does not look like it's written by an amateur, then I don't know what else is. A corporate website always uses objective and passive style writing. To use 'lying' is emotive and impulsive. Also, you can't LIE to another person if you've not giving wrong information to another, and is later found to be otherwise.

A lie is telling someone one thing, when actually it is something else. Blocking someone is simply an action. Unless you personally tell the other party you're offline when in actuality you've blocked that person, it's not the definition of a lie.

Lastly, as a disclaimer, the site claims to have no association or affliation whatsoever with MSN. Because this is illegal activity, this is to fend off users who try to contact MSN for details. Interestingly, this ALSO discredits their credibility or their 'system'.

Verdict: Amateur phish attempt.

Needless to say, please exercise your brains to consider information when it's given to you. Even when you fail to do that, at least CR does inform you too. DON'T give out your information over the net.

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Shoot. I actually went to 2 sites like that I entered my password... I stopped doing it though, although I am curious who blocks me. ^-^ But then after that I kept on getting weird messages, you know how you get a alert on MSN when a contact signs in? I got alerts about people I've never seen before on my list, people I have no idea who they are and they advertised. Along with that, the second site I used, as soon as I entered my password and logged back onto MSN, I started getting website ads from contacts. Contacts that were offline. I know for sure they wouldn't advertise sites, I've never clicked on one of the links before and I have no intentions of doing so. I'm going to reinstall my MSN soon I guess, the websites ads are starting to annoy me.
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i nevered believe in those things...
Posted 3/12/08
my friend keeps sending me that site..-- ;; the blocking msn site thingy.. --
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Posted 3/15/08
friend's keep sending me that thing :O
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i had this msn blcok hting website....yeah i don't see the use for it, fi you know who blcoked you...theeeeen? one former contact jsut put up that he has the "whoblockedyou" ..liek a threat or soemthing XD

but really, they don't hack your msn >_> i've had mine witht he same email address since i was 8 or 9 =\
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w0w..now, i know what to do..ahahaha..but i never gave my user-pass to people i don't trust..weee..thanks for the info..better tell my friends before it's too late..
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Posted 3/15/08
I thought it was a virus?
Posted 3/15/08

n_n303 wrote:

Never once did i buy those forwarded emails. >.>
Plus i wouldnt care if someone blocked me, I'm sure they had a good reason. Maybe i'm annoying? Maybe i talk to much? Maybe i swear too much when their parents walk by? Overall, i dont care, if someone isnt online for more than 100 days, i delete them off my list anyway


Same here. I don't really care how many people hate me or not. I know my attitude toward my buddy, so it won't be a big deal if they gonna block me.
Posted 3/15/08
I didn`t get that yet . I got one from ratemunuts or something like that .
It was a virus and my antivirus killed it so when I downloaded it , it didn`t
do anything . Only the icon was left .
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Posted 3/15/08
Oh, that's smart. I've never receive anything like that before but if I ever do, I'll probably read it over carefully. (:
Posted 3/15/08
ive been phished several times on myspace
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Posted 3/15/08
Phishing attempts are just pathetic. And I don't really see any point in stealing an MSN account...
Posted 3/15/08
i run very strong anti-virus software with BitDefender Internet Security v.10.

if someone sends me a email and it makes my email and computer lock up with the error message of 'buffer overrun', with about 300kb of pics in it, does this mean the email contained a trojon that my anti-virus blocked?

someone who has good tech background plz answer this question for me with some kind of input.
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Posted 3/23/08
Woops XD. I actually used that site >>; Damn LOL
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