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09 October 2009 @ 10:24 am
Almost Caught A FedPhish  
Another example of government officials justifying the level of faith and trust I have in them:

FBI Director Robert Mueller was banned by his wife from doing online banking after he nearly fell for a phishing scam, he said on Wednesday during a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California.

He received an e-mail purporting to be from his bank that looked "perfectly legitimate" and which prompted him to verify some information. He started to follow the instructions but then realized that that "might not be such a good idea," he said.

"Just a few clicks away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam," Mueller "barely caught himself in time" and admitted he "definitely should have known better."

He said he changed his passwords and tried to pass the incident off to his wife as a "teachable moment," but she was having none of it and told him, "It is our money. No more Internet banking for you!..."

 
 
 
The Vodka God: I Have The Dumballah_sulu on October 9th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Disappointed, but not even remotely surprised.
madfilkentist: Carl2madfilkentist on October 9th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Today I got an email that seemed to be from Citizens Bank. Since I haven't done business with them in 20 years, it has to be phishing, but it's alarmingly personalized. It even has a bad approximation of my name.

The safest route is to assume that any email that claims to be from a bank is phony.
A Lady of Trakai: kerryluscious_purple on October 9th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
At least Mueller was using a computer; Louis Freeh refused to touch one (and the FBI fell WAY behind in technology while he was there).
madfilkentist: wiretapsmadfilkentist on October 10th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know about that; Freeh's FBI managed to implement Carnivore before the Patriot Act was even a gleam in anyone's eye.