Victim of phishing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pedroin, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. pedroin macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    Hey friends:
    I was a victim of a phishing in my MBP....I believe throught my Itunes account. My question is: Do I need to formating my hard drive? I have a copy of my files in a external hard drive throught Time Machine...the malicious software coulb be there too, hidding in my External HD?
    Sorry, Im new in this things...they stole me 900 hundred dollars buying stupid games in turkey and argentina....
  2. windywoo macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    phishing does not install malicious software. Phishing is where a site pretends to be another legitimate site and offers to sell you something. When you "pay" for their product they steal your credit card details and go on a spending spree.

    Your credit card company should be able to cancel your existing card and send a new one, they will believe you when you tell them you did not buy lots of software in Turkey (unless you live near Turkey ofc).
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    windywoo is right. Your machine was not compromised if it was just a phishing attack. Only the information you provided during the phishing process was compromised, which generally entails credit card info and address maybe. Whatever you filled out really.
  4. pedroin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    yeah, my bank canceled my credit card ...I live in southamerica so Its impossible to buy games apps in turkey and play casino online in Fraknfurt..
    the funny thing is that the thief was using my card buying small amounts ( 20 to 40 dollars)...thanks
    Im trying to find out how they attack me ...normally Im careful...only two possibilities: throuhgt a facebook game called Mafia wars (i acepted people that I dont know) or some kind of twitter that stole my Itunes account.

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