Friday, July 27, 2007

New Phorm Phor Phishing?

I have been getting telephone calls purporting to be from eBay. The calls are automated (female voice) and generally go like this:

Robotic voice: "Your PIN number is 1181. Your PIN number is 1181.Your PIN number is 1181. You've now completed the telephone portion of this process. Please return to eBay to continue. You may need to sign in again if you've signed out. Goodbye."

The calls come from a variety of different numbers but always from the 847 exchange. I have recorded a variety of sources including (847) 709 0211 and (847) 709 0211. Despite several calls to eBay to warn them, they don't seem to be interested in this. At first they denied the problem exists but have since realized it is happening.

So what is this form of phishing? I suspect someone has tapped into a phone line somewhere and has direct dialing capabilities and the ability to mask the true number of origin. I haven't figured out how they potentially compromise the victim's username and password unless they count on people hitting auto call-back then hit them with a "to validate who you are I have to ask you some questions...".

Anyone else get one of these? Anyone else perplexed by why eBay is not interested in getting the exact time, date, and return number of the call so they can trace where it comes from?

File this one under general weirdness...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Vancouver Flex, AIR and RIA training date set!

The Vancouver RIA training day is now set at August 30, 2007. You can register for it here:

This day will be all about RIA development and feature training in Flex, Adobe AIR (formerly Apollo), AJAX and other technologies. Nitobi's Andre Charland has agreed to be one of the presenters as well as Ryan Stewart from Seattle. Ross Ladell will also be there and hopefully do some Flash stuff.

Register now - space is *very* limited.

If you can't make it to this one, also consider MAX 2007 as the place to be for 2007.