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Paypal Phishing landing pages hosted at HostGator

Published: 2016-03-06
Last Updated: 2016-03-07 19:35:46 UTC
by Rick Wanner (Version: 2)
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It appears that a large number of websites, approximately 500, hosted on IP 192.185.225.116 are being used as PayPal Phishing landing pages.  That IP is registered to websitewelcome.com, but we have been told by customers that the IP is in use by popular U.S. based web hosting company HostGator.

When the FQDN of a legitimate web page on that IP is appended with:

~pbhanney/goobooker/avatars/user_uploaded/manage/ffe02d0542523d2fca9d479a2b50a948/

for example 

hxxp://24efitness.com/~pbhanney/goobooker/avatars/user_uploaded/manage/ffe02d0542523d2fca9d479a2b50a948/

will take you to a PayPal login landing page.

Google seems to be aware of the issue and is warning on attempts to access the pages.

The issue has been reported to both HostGator and Paypal, so hopefully they can clean it up soon.

 

Update: As of 2016-03-07.  HostGator has cleaned up these landing pages.

 

-- Rick Wanner MSISE - rwanner at isc dot sans dot edu - http://namedeplume.blogspot.com/ - Twitter:namedeplume (Protected)

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