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Topic # 89529 4-Sep-2011 15:33 Send private message

is "the.vodafone.co.nz" real or phishing?

On my computer, when I log in it goes to Vodafone.co.nz

On dad's PC he got an email saying his internet quota was used up (although the PC has physically been used a minimal amount), it was from vodafone.co.nz

when clicking the link to go to my account it goes to vodafone.co.nz, then once login details are entered it goes to a page to say the certificate is untrustworthy or something, and if one clicks continue it becomes "the.vodafone.co.nz"



At this point it shows all the details and looks legit, but this could be phishing site actually logging in itself to obtain that info to look legit, and then sucking c/c details out of us.

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  Reply # 516491 4-Sep-2011 16:30 Send private message

it's real and your dad shouldn't get a certificate error.

www.vodafone.co.nz for mobile accounts and the.vodafone.co.nz for home phone/broadband accounts.

(the is a hangover from when Vodafone bought ihug - the internet home users group - the.ihug.co.nz)

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  Reply # 516496 4-Sep-2011 16:55

Look at the root domain, 'the' is clearly a sub of vodafone.co.nz




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  Reply # 516497 4-Sep-2011 17:01 Send private message

I wonder if this is only accessible from within Vodafone's own network - I get a 404 here.

As noted, this is a sub domain of vodafone.co.nz, so pretty safe to assume is an ok site - of course domain hijacking could happen, but it's not a common thing.







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  Reply # 516502 4-Sep-2011 17:06 Send private message

mike: it's real and your dad shouldn't get a certificate error.

www.vodafone.co.nz for mobile accounts and the.vodafone.co.nz for home phone/broadband accounts.

(the is a hangover from when Vodafone bought ihug - the internet home users group - the.ihug.co.nz)


Thanks for your help. I'd never struck this before. Since I could do it and get no certificate error, and when he did it, it would, and then I saw the difference in address I wondered what was going on.

We were gonna hand over C/C details and $200 so thought it wise to check. Especially since essentially the computer has been hardly used, yet we got an email saying the entire month's quota had been gobbled up, but it is now clear outlook is to blame for that.

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  Reply # 516677 5-Sep-2011 09:12 Send private message

Its real, (got that takes me back)

it use to be the.ihug.co.nz which was the gateway to theaccountsII and thehelpdeskIV (if my brain is working right this morning).

It is/was ihugs accounting / helpdesk system, it also had a lot of other things off it like reporting etc.

So i would say that vodafone is using ihugs system for there home internet etc

It was one of the better system i had used.

P.s. it had great error messages like "it looks like the <enter in bad word here starting with f" up fairy has returned" even had one about the old domains guy who use to misspell a lot of domain names.

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  Reply # 516691 5-Sep-2011 09:36 Send private message

mrtoken: Its real, (got that takes me back)

it use to be the.ihug.co.nz which was the gateway to theaccountsII and thehelpdeskIV (if my brain is working right this morning).

It is/was ihugs accounting / helpdesk system, it also had a lot of other things off it like reporting etc.


Was "the.pl" during my time there :)

But yup, defintely leftovers from the 'hug days.





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  Reply # 516825 5-Sep-2011 13:53 Send private message

xpd:
mrtoken: Its real, (got that takes me back)

it use to be the.ihug.co.nz which was the gateway to theaccountsII and thehelpdeskIV (if my brain is working right this morning).

It is/was ihugs accounting / helpdesk system, it also had a lot of other things off it like reporting etc.


Was "the.pl" during my time there :)

But yup, defintely leftovers from the 'hug days.



yep the site was the.ihug.co.nz/the.pl
I was there when it first went live, down time was longer than up time for the first couple of months lol 

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  Reply # 517034 5-Sep-2011 18:03 Send private message

Just because I said a DNS hijacking would be unlikely:

Vodafone.com is amongst other high profile domains hijacked by a Turkish group... 




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  Reply # 522209 17-Sep-2011 00:41 Send private message

freitasm: I wonder if this is only accessible from within Vodafone's own network - I get a 404 here.

As noted, this is a sub domain of vodafone.co.nz, so pretty safe to assume is an ok site - of course domain hijacking could happen, but it's not a common thing.



It doesn't seem to be, there's just not a root page on https://the.ihug.co.nz.  https://the.vodafone.co.nz/acnts/myaccounts.pl/login works fine from my Telecom connection, for instance.









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  Reply # 524217 21-Sep-2011 17:36 Send private message

IlDuce: is "the.vodafone.co.nz" real or phishing?

On my computer, when I log in it goes to Vodafone.co.nz

On dad's PC he got an email saying his internet quota was used up (although the PC has physically been used a minimal amount), it was from vodafone.co.nz

when clicking the link to go to my account it goes to vodafone.co.nz, then once login details are entered it goes to a page to say the certificate is untrustworthy or something, and if one clicks continue it becomes "the.vodafone.co.nz"



At this point it shows all the details and looks legit, but this could be phishing site actually logging in itself to obtain that info to look legit, and then sucking c/c details out of us.


maybe check the clock on your computer, its easy to receive cert errors on any secure site if your clock is incorrect.

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