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Warning: Phishing Attempt

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Was only a matter of time, probably.

You will see below a phishing email both Tyler and I received just recently.

This did not come from Zero Hedge.  If you get one, yours also did not come from Zero Hedge.

Be aware.  Surf with care.

From: "" <>
Date: October 19, 2009 12:01:43 PM CDT
To: <>
Subject: The settings for the were changed
X-Spam-Level: *****

Dear user of the mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox ( settings were changed In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:

Best regards, Technical Support.


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Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:15 | Link to Comment Emmanuel Goldstein
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Thanks for the heads up.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:18 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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Fuck you NSA, GS, JPM and the lot.

Thank you Marla, i would probably open it.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:38 | Link to Comment SWRichmond
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CB / Marla,

I have clients getting this exact email with a different mail server named.  Cheeky, that's not to say it isn't NSA.

Marla, thanks for the heads up, and thanks for not clicking on the link.  You really can't be too careful.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:43 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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i know man, i was just kidding, i haven't got it yet; maybe GMail isn't a worthless piece of shit as i thought it was.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Gilgamesh
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Hmm, at least that looks more legit than FINRA returning money to investors:

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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If you had clicked it then it would have sent your email history out. So it's safe to say we won't be getting those emails.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:42 | Link to Comment Careless Whisper
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Speaking of Squid programmers, why the silence on Sergey? His Federal case was adjourned until October 16. Come and gone. FREE SERGEY

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:49 | Link to Comment bookwurm
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Mon, 10/19/2009 - 19:36 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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You draw nice bait.

There is a pun I must do. Please don't be offended.

With a picture like that you have established yourself as a master baiter.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Biff Malibu
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Thanks Marla glad to see you and Travis posting more.  Not to take anything away from Tyler but the variety of commentators on this site makes it the first website I visit every time I get on the internet.




Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:59 | Link to Comment . . .
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I doubt any ZH'ers will end up receiving a phishing or spam email.  I would like to think that the readers are smart enough to sign up for the site using a disposable email address they close immediately after ZH verifies it.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Mon, 10/19/2009 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Mon, 10/19/2009 - 13:53 | Link to Comment Sqworl
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I got several on all my accounts and did not open.  They used my biz account name.  I replied with cc to FBI.  The IP address came from USSR.  Never a dull day in the land of spirits.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 14:17 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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there is no USSR anymore Sqworl baby

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 14:46 | Link to Comment VegasBD
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Maybe not, but they are filming Red Dawn 2 right now.

...and guess which city looks like a war zone enough to film it in...

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 14:47 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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Mon, 10/19/2009 - 13:53 | Link to Comment waterdog
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I could tell that this was a scam. It was too nice to be coming from Marla. If Marla had sent a notice of changes, it would have gone like this- I changed some things to make your life better, accept it. Do not respond or I will pile drive your account into the lower reaches of hell.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:34 | Link to Comment MinnesotaNice
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Mon, 10/19/2009 - 14:58 | Link to Comment Jim_Rockford
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Wow, I didn't realize that my subscription to ZeroHedge included an email box. .... how cool is that?  How much extra am I being charged for this?

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 15:02 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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Marla, do we all have this, or just the chosen ones 

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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BTW, since you asked.  Here is a slice of pie where we happen to have found each other.  Except some folks know that the oil deal is just a cover.


Mon, 10/19/2009 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Thanks Miles Kendig.

There were no bad scenes in "Good Will Hunting". Only better and best. This was one of the best. 

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 20:58 | Link to Comment Intuition
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I was just a kid when I saw that movie for the first time. I mean utterly wet-behind-the-ears, juvenile thinking, adolescent child. And yet somehow it spoke to me. And that scene was one that somehow conveyed truth that I could not understand nor even really recognize. I've seen it dozens of times since then and it has much truth to this day.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 15:45 | Link to Comment crzyhun
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MS, I use a real address...still if I don't know you you get flushed....and truly I am not so big headed to think that you would ever contact me, since I don't know you.


Mon, 10/19/2009 - 18:38 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Follow safe e-mail practices. As you say, dump everything you don't know and always wear a full body condom while reading your e-mail. And don't go all cheap on me and reuse the condom.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 15:59 | Link to Comment SV
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Marla, you know this is what you get for pissing on the Anon's that bring their HuffPo logic skills here, right?  I come bace from leaving for a week unplugged and what's that - Tyler having to pull Dante references about Hell in relation to the markets.

Ahhh, it's nice to be back.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:04 | Link to Comment Cheeky Bastard
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welcome back man, i for one, missed your comments.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:35 | Link to Comment SV
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Thank you CB. I appreciate her civility in dealing with the morons, hence I try to extend the same.  I'm now trying to unbury myself from the crap that has awaited my return.  I was on the road so I didn't trade OPEX either; would have shot myself... 

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:43 | Link to Comment Miles Kendig
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The weekend after hours action seeps into Monday. Perhaps a new faze has arrived since the attempts at mockery have fallen flat.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:58 | Link to Comment Quackking
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I run a few Drupal sites on some of my servers and I got this myself. (with the domain name of one of them) - I suspect it is somebody trawling for Drupal credentials, and can't quite understand why. The link itself is going nowhere - it isn't an obfuscated redirect, it actually is trying to go someplace on my server where there is no handler. (So nothing would happen if you clicked on it, that is.)

It is also possible that it is targeting a whole bunch of Windows boxen that have been compromised so there is in fact an /owa/ directory - but again, I don't exactly see this as a high yield attack. Hmm. See below.


Not Found

The requested URL http://[]/owa/service_directory/settings.php was not found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


Update: more here,


I don't see the obfuscated link because I (safely) only view the text/plain version of this email. There is a link in the HTML version, apparently.




Mon, 10/19/2009 - 17:48 | Link to Comment SWRichmond
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The link in one of the versions I got for examination went to, and DNS on the name got me IP's registered in:

Chile, Korea, Taiwan, Morocco, Israel, and Argentina, among others.

Fun stuff.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Mon, 10/19/2009 - 17:43 | Link to Comment TomJoad
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If this was the best the Anon comments poster from yesterday's Iran article could do in terms of his awesome intraw3bzz retaliation, I am somewhat disappointed. 


It's nice to be back on again, the firewall on my SATCOM system wouldn't let me post on ZH, it was all read-only for the past 45 days or so.

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 20:03 | Link to Comment peterr (not verified)
Mon, 10/19/2009 - 21:03 | Link to Comment Intuition
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Apparently I've been left out. This is going to wreak havoc on my inferiority complex.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!