T-Mobile customers in New Jersey warned about SMS-based phishing campaign – BollyInside

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T-Mobile subscribers in New Jersey have been cautioned of an ongoing SMS-based phishing effort by the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC).
“”The letter thanks the recipient for paying their bill and offers a malicious link to accept a free gift, similar to a previous SMiShing campaign targeting Verizon Wireless subscribers,” NJCCIC said. The message, on the other hand, was delivered to the targeted hundreds of times over the period of three days through group SMS to a number of random receivers. Because the unsolicited messages were transmitted via group SMS, customers were unable to stop them.”
T-Mobile told BleepingComputer the “smishing” campaign (which is called as such because the security community loves to create terrible new portmanteaus for different phishing methods) is unrelated to any of the numerous data breaches the company has suffered in recent years. It’s not clear exactly how the company determined that, but there doesn’t appear to be concrete evidence of the attackers using leaked data to inform their campaign, either.
The company says people “can mute the text thread to stop getting alerts if anyone replies.” They can delete the message thread, too, although that won’t stop new messages from arriving.
 
NJCCIC advises T-Mobile customers targeted by smishing campaigns like this one “to navigate directly to official websites and avoid clicking links delivered in SMS text messages from unknown contacts” and “refrain from providing sensitive information to unverified websites.” People can also report active SMS-based phishing attacks by forwarding the messages to 7726—”SPAM”—to help companies and government organizations combat these campaigns.
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