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Mon, Apr 23, 2007 9:00 pm

PayPal Phishing Page at Hong Kong University Removed

When I checked agin, I found the PayPal phishing page that was located on a webserver at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University this weekend was now gone.

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Sun, Apr 22, 2007 2:59 pm

PayPal Phishing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

When I checked to see if the spoofed PayPal webpages were still present at, I found the pages were still accessible. Yesterday, someone forwarded a message to me which stated an email address had been added to his PayPal account. The message asked him to confirm the addition by going to a PayPal website, but the link in the message actually led to the server at the Media Innovation Centre in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The recipient doesn't have a PayPal account. Whoever created the spam message probably sent it to thousands of people with no way of knowing how many of those recipients might have PayPal accounts.

I checked the online directory for the university today and sent another message regarding the spoofed site; this time I sent the message to the chair of the School of Design at the university plus email addresses for people who appeared to be IT people at the university, and some general contact addresses. Hopefully, one of them can get the spoofed webpages removed and take action that will result in the perpetrator being apprehended and disciplined.

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Sat, Apr 21, 2007 8:15 pm

PayPal Phishing at a Hong Kong University

A user forwarded an email message to me today that attempts to lure gullible PayPal users to a website at a university in Hong Kong. The email message asked the recipient to verify the addition of an email address to his PayPal account by going to the PayPal website. But the link actually directed anyone who clicked on it to The "hk" at the end of the domain name indicates the site is in Hong Kong, since "hk" is the country code for Hong Kong. The "edu" before it indicates it is an educational institution.

Going to instead, I found the following information for the site:

Multimedia Innovation Centre, HK

I reported the spoofed site to to the contact address listed for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The webserver being used to host the spoofed PayPal site apparently belongs to the Multimedia Innovation Centre School of Design at that university. I also reported this phishing attempt to PayPal via the PayPal Report Fake Site/Spoofwebpage. And I reported the spoofed site at the following phishing report wepbages:

OrganizationReporting Page
CastleCops Phishing Incident & Termination
Symantec Phish Report Network Report Suspected Phishing Sites

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Thu, Feb 08, 2007 11:19 am

PayPal Phising Site at

Someone forwarded a phishing email message to me this morning that was an attempt to garner PayPal userids and passwords as well as personal information, including a credit card number from unsuspecting PayPal users.

The message attempted to trick PayPal users to going to a spoofed PayPal website to confirm the addition of an email address to a user's PayPal account. In reality, the link in the message would take the victim to, which would redirect him to There he would see a website mimicking the PayPal site where he would be prompted for his PayPal userid and password. If he entered a userid and password, he would see a form asking for personal information, including a credit card number.

I reported the spoofed site at 10:33 A.M. using PayPal's Contact Us - Protections/Privacy/Security - Report Fake Site/Spoof form. I also reported the site to the Phishing Incident Reporting and Termination (PIRT) Squad at 10:48 A.M. At 11:15 A.M. the webpage to which the link pointed, was removed from the webserver on which it resided, resulting in a "HTTP 404 - File not found" message, but the spoofed PayPal site at was still accessible.

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Wed, Apr 06, 2005 10:32 pm

PayPal Phising site at Gone

I see that the website,, that was being used on Monday for a PayPal scam (see PayPal Phishing Attempt at has been taken down. Hopefully, the person running the spoofed site has been identified.

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Mon, Apr 04, 2005 10:32 pm

PayPal Phishing Attempt at

I received three copies of an attempt to garner PayPal account information today. The spoofed PayPal site was at The phisher used a JavaScript technique for overlaying Internet Explorer's address bar with a URL pointing to the real PayPal site, making it appear that anyone clicking on a link in the message had gone to the real site, whereas they would actually be at the spoofed site.

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