Smartphone E-Mail Services Fail to Block Spear Phishing Messages

Kara Reeder

According to research by PacketFocus CEO Joshua Perrymon, even the most current smartphone e-mail security appliances, services and clients cannot detect spear-phishing messages.


SC Magazine reports that Perrymon sent a spoofed LinkedIn message claiming to be from Bill Gates to a number of to a number of e-mail services, including Microsoft Outlook 2007, Microsoft Exchange, Outlook Express and Cisco IronPort. He says his degree of success was 100 percent.


According to Perrymon, the problem is that e-mail security products and services rely on blacklists:

For now, the user must make the decision to identify and properly respond to directed e-mail attacks. The phishing sites are being brought up instantly on a "new" server that has not seen internet traffic and is not on any blacklist.

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