By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has stopped banking
online after nearly falling for a phishing attempt.
FBI Director Robert Mueller said he recently came "just a few clicks
away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam" after receiving
an e-mail that appeared to be from his bank.
"It looked pretty legitimate," Mueller said Wednesday in a speech at San
Francisco's Commonwealth Club. "They had mimicked the e-mails that the
bank would ordinarily send out to its customers; they'd mimicked them
In phishing scams, criminals send spam e-mails to their victims, hoping
to trick them into entering sensitive information such as usernames and
passwords at fake Web sites.
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