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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

BarcPhish

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:BarcPhish
Technical name:Phishing/BarcPhish.HTML
Threat level:Medium
Type:
Subtype: Worm
Effects:  

It is a phishing email that targets Barclays Bank users. It attempts to trick users into providing their confidential data.

Affected platforms:

Unix; Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95; Linux; Mac

First detected on:Sept. 12, 2006
Detection updated on:March 27, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

BarcPhish is a phishing email that targets Barclays Bank users. It attempts to trick users into providing their confidential data, such as:

  • Bank card details: Card number, Expiration date, CVV.
  • Online banking details: Surname, Membership number 2010, Five-digit passcode, Memorable word.
  • Phone banking details: Account number, Sort code, Balance, Overdraft limit, Phone banking passcode.

The email message has a forged sender, and urges users to click on a link to access the Barclays website and confirm their bank details, due to a software upgrade. The link points to several websites that spoof the Barclays Bank website.

It the user provides any confidential information in the spoofed websites, it will be captured by the authors of this phishing scheme.

Visible Symptoms 

    

BarcPhish is easy to recognize, as it reaches the computer in an email message with the following appearance, which has been massively sent:

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