November 29th, 2006
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Firefox to Paypal: You Fraud!

 

Forgive me for being a big dirty fanboy, but Firefox is amazing, no doubt about it. I had my brother come upto me and say that the Script Kiddies in his class thought IE7 was better “because it has tabs”. I promptly disowned him.

However, it does have it’s moments.

Cue the anti phishing device. A email from e-bay perked my interest, I clicked on the link (paypalchristmas.co.uk), and the Firefox anti-phishing device kicked in.

Oooh, nice of Firefox to protect me, but there’s one problem – the site is legit.

I’ve fired off an e-mail to paypal, enquiring about it, and I don’t blame Firefox – after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. But it has amused me greatly. How does Firefox decide what is phishing and what isn’t? Is it user based? There’s a button underneath the “Ignore this Warning” which has the words “this site isn’t phishing”, is there a way of saying that a site is phishing? If there is, what’s there to stop 100′s of Firefox fanboys going to, say, Amazon and saying that it is a phishing site?

Now that – whilst bad for Amazon – would be rather impressive.*

* I cannot be held responsible should Amazon go out of business overnight….

EDIT: Just got this e-mail from Paypal, just to be sure.

Dear Rhys Wynne,

Thank you for contacting PayPal in relation to a Christmas Promotion
that we have in place at the moment.

I can confirm Mr. Wynne, that this is an official PayPal email and web address.

[Promotional Blurb Here]

Sincerely,

Laura

Resolution Services Department

PayPal, an eBay Company

So there you go!

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