Apple GSX Access Privileges pretending to come from firstname.lastname@example.org is one of the latest phish attempts to steal your Apple account
This one only wants your Apple log in details Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your credit card and bank details, your email, facebook and other social network log in details as well.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
The original email looks like this It will NEVER be a genuine email from Apple or any other company so don’t ever click the link in the email. If you do it will lead you to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine Apple website but you can clearly see in the address bar, that it is fake. Some versions of this phish will ask you fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
Dear GSX User,
Your access privileges on the Apple Global Service Exchange (GSX) system were revoked by GSX_Rejections@group.apple.com on 19-Feb-2021
Reason for Revoking access :
Please contact your GSX administrator for more information.
If you follow the link you see a webpage looking like:
When you fill in your user name and password you get sent immediately to an identical page to log in again, but this time it is the genuine Apple GSX log in page https://idmsa.apple.com/IDMSWebAuth/classicLogin.html?appIdKey=45571f444c4f547116bfd052461b0b3ab1bc2b445a72138157ea8c5c82fed623 You can see how easy it is to confuse or be confused between the 2 URLs
Most people could not easily tell the difference and would think the false one is genuine
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details.
Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.