Reset Your Password Or Unlock Your Apple ID – Phishing


We continue with the mass Apple phishes today. I must have received about 200 so far this morning. Many of which are getting past spam filters because they seem to have found some sending addresses  that aren’t yet listed in spam databases and that don’t use SPF /DKIM /DMARC so authentication checks don’t fail. Most mail servers are set up to ignore lack of mail authentication, rather than automatically delete or quarantine, to avoid annoying users too much.

One of the emails looks like:

From: Apple <>

Date: Tue 29/11/2016 09:53

Subject: Reset your password or unlock your Apple ID

Body content:


Dear iTunes Customer,
You recently requested a password reset or unlock your Apple ID. Click the link below to continue.
Reset Password or Unlock Apple ID >
If you didn.t make this change or if you believe an unauthorized person has accessed your account, go to to reset your password immediately. Then sign into your Apple ID account page at to review and update your security settings.
Apple Support
Apple ID | Support | Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2016 Apple Distribution International, Luxembourg Branch, 31-33, rue Sainte Zithe, L-2763 Luxembourg.. All Rights Reserved.

The links in the body go to which  redirects to

We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers”

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.

If you are unwise enough to follow the link  you see a webpage looking like:

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.