Friendster is not back: DICT issues a warning on a registration site used for phishing

Tuesday, the Department of Information and Communication Technology reported that it is possible that the “new Friendster” is being utilized for phishing.

The DICT’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (DICT-NCERT) stated in an advisory that a preliminary examination revealed that the IP address hosting the new Friendster had “prior allegations of phishing, brute force and DDoS attacks, hacking, and host exploitations.”

However, there is a potential that this website is being used for phishing, according to the DICT-NCERT.

A Facebook group called Stunner has announced that Friendster is back and that thousands have already joined the resurrected social network.

Since then, the post has been amended to incorporate the warning from DICT-NCERT about the “new” Friendster site.

GMA News Online is currently attempting to contact the creator of the new Friendster website and will post his or her comments as soon as they become available.

The DICT-NCERT stated that “the website’s primary service is provided by the content management system WordPress, which is not used for social networking platforms.”

In addition, the agency stated that the URL in the post utilizes a “uncommon top-level domain (.click)”

The alleged new Friendster website also lacks a “About Us” page, which, according to the DICT-NCERT, might reveal information on the website’s developer.

Following the posting, the agency encouraged the public to take the following actions:

  • Do not click suspicious links to avoid future potential threats.
  • Do not register on this website because your data may be compromised.
  • In addition, providing and capacitating employees with cybersecurity knowledge and information to minimize threats.

Phishing is a sort of cyber attack intended to steal sensitive information from consumers, such as their passwords, bank account details, and credit card numbers, by tricking them into clicking on a link that leads to a page posing as a reputable website.

Via: GMA News Online

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