Last Updated: 2012-11-12 18:35:17 UTC
by John Bambenek (Version: 1)
Last week, my wife got an automated call from a bank with only a local presence that her debit card was deactivated. The call went to her cell phone. She wasn't a customer of that bank so it was easy for her to discard the call (I am a customer with my commercial accounts). It seems they simply wardialed every phone number with the right area code and three digit exchange in the area of that bank.
Looking to correlate data, the attack isn't new or particularly novel, but curious if it has been seen this month in other areas of the United States. Please drop a line with some details if so.
It goes without saying, if someone calls you asking for personal information, ask for a call back number and/or tell them you will call the customer service number in the phone book.
bambenek \at\ gmail /dot/ com