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Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:12:53 -0400
From: Jeffrey Walton <>
To: Full Disclosure List <>
Subject: Fwd: [cryptography] Paypal phish using EV

It looks like Paypal has suffered a break-in and phishing attempts are
being made on its users.

Time to sell you stock (or buy it short) for the immediate future.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeffrey Walton <>
Date: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 5:25 AM
Subject: Re: [cryptography] Paypal phish using EV certificate
To: Peter Gutmann <>

On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 5:10 AM, Peter Gutmann
<> wrote:
> I recently got a another of the standard phishing emails for Paypal, directing
> me to, which redirects to
>, which has a PayPal EV certificate from
> Verisign.  According to this post
> it may or may not be a
> phishing attack (no-one's really sure), and this post
> says it is a phishing attack and the site
> will be shut down by Paypal... back in May 2011.
> Can anyone explain this?  It's either a really clever phish (or the CAs are
> following their historically lax levels of checking), or Paypal has joined the
> ranks of US banks in training their users to become phishing victims.
If that's true, I think the more interesting fact is: it appears is controlled by the attacker. Why else would
Paypal redirect from a host in their domain to a host not in their
domain controlled by the adversary? (Its a bit different than standard
phishing training where both hosts/domains are controlled by Paypal).

Has Paypal fess'ed up to any break-ins or  breaches?


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