Threats against privacy

The e-mails, ostensibly from banking giant SunTrust, spilled into people's in-boxes all last week. I received several myself, urging me to check the security settings for a non-existent SunTrust Internet banking account.

The e-mails, of course, were fake. On the other hand, an examination of both the bogus messages and the companies they're scamming raises some very real privacy issues.

What's going on here, for those unfamiliar with the practice, is called phishing.

Threats against privacy


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