Phishing Alert - Disabled Account / Online Maintenance

Written by Publisher on . Posted in IT Advisory

There are new forms of phishing email circulating the internet. Phishing is a form of online scam utilizing social engineering attack often used to steal sensitive user data such as username, password, credit card number, and pin number. Users are manipulated to click a hyperlink or open an attachment that will eventually install virus and other malware to a targeted computer, or lead to fake websites that illegally gathers personal information.

One of the phishing emails came from a certain Webmaster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a Russian domain) with subject line “Disabled Account”. The other email came from Service (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with subject line “pnp.gov.ph Online Maintenance..(TREAT URGENT)”. Both emails advise the targeted recipient to click on a hyperlink to supposedly update their account and be redirected to a fake website that captures personal information.

Another phishing email purportedly alerts the recipient about pending unread messages which was caused by the defective mail server. The target is advised to download an attached warning in htm format. These attachments are deemed harmful to targeted computers. It can also be noticed that the email allegedly comes from “Admin”, when scrutinized, the address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., whose domain is owned by Mexico City, which is nowhere related to the local mail server.

To prevent becoming a victim of this type of cyber-attack, the following measures are recommended:

  • Avoid opening attachment and hyperlinks of suspicious emails and immediately delete these messages
  • Change password regularly or when you suspect that the account is compromised or hacked
  • Enable two-factor authentication/verification, preventing hackers from accessing your online accounts even if they somehow manage to steal your credentials. This may be in the form of a confirmatory log-in thru text message or email sent to a chosen secondary device

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