New phishing attacks target iCloud, MobileMe users

As the holidays quickly approach and our agendas become filled with baking cookies, traveling, and last-second shopping, scammers are on the loose and have started targeting iCloud users in an attempt to acquire your log-in credentials.

As the holidays quickly approach and our agendas become filled with baking cookies, traveling, and last-second shopping, scammers are on the loose and have started targeting iCloud users in an attempt to acquire your log-in credentials.

Don't get phished this holiday season. Never reply to e-mails asking for your username and password. Apple

These technolojerks (yes, that's going to be a thing) stoop pretty low to try and pry sensitive information from their prey. In the latest incarnation, phishers are claiming to be Apple, suggesting to users that if they do not respond promptly their iCloud (or MobileMe) account could be terminated.

Thankfully, the brain trust scammers aren't the most grammatically sound (at least not in English) group of individuals, so it's actually fairly easy to spot a phishing e-mail if you take the time to look at it. But it's during the holidays when these types of attacks can sneak up on you.

Another trick of these scammers is use security buzz words like "virus" all over the e-mail. They want to scare you into acting quickly. They will also usually throw in some made-up techno babble that sounds important. In the latest e-mail attack, the mythical virus is said to be the DGTFX Virus. Yikes, sounds awful.

But wouldn't you know it, they have the DGTFX Anti-Virus all set to go. They just need your username and password to upgrade you.

If you receive this, or any email that purports to be from Apple suggesting that you send them your account information, the best thing to do is delete it right away.

Apple will never ask you for your username and password in an e-mail.

So, as you're attempting to conquer the holiday hustle, take a moment to consider the e-mails you are responding to and be sure to keep your digital lifestyle nice and safe.

Have you experienced any phishing attempts claiming to be from Apple? Let me know your stories in the comments!

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