[cryptography] Paypal phish using EV certificate

Peter Gutmann pgut001 at cs.auckland.ac.nz
Tue Aug 13 05:10:02 EDT 2013

I recently got a another of the standard phishing emails for Paypal, directing 
me to https://email-edg.paypal.com, which redirects to 
https://view.paypal-communication.com, which has a PayPal EV certificate from 
Verisign.  According to this post 
http://www.onelogin.com/a-paypal-phishing-attack/ it may or may not be a 
phishing attack (no-one's really sure), and this post 
http://www.linuxevolution.net/?p=12 says it is a phishing attack and the site 
will be shut down by Paypal... back in May 2011.

Can anyone explain this?  It's either a really clever phish (or the CAs are 
following their historically lax levels of checking), or Paypal has joined the 
ranks of US banks in training their users to become phishing victims.


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