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I'm commenting on this question about parsing data in a BrowserField on Blackberry. I was suspicious about why someone would do this, and tried to persuade the questioner to use other methods of accomplishing their task.

On a recent update, questioner has revealed that they're trying to capture the username and password of someone logging into Gmail. I can think of no reason to do this that doesn't have good intentions for the user, and it looks like they're phishing for passwords.

I'm still interested in the question on an academic level of how to pull data from the BrowserField, but I'm not sure if it's okay to discuss how to steal passwords on StackOverflow.

Can this be discussed? Should this question be deleted?

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I agree this user's activity looks a bit strange.

Look at this selection from his question history :

however, there is a chance that this is all for legit (although probably badly designed), purposes. He surely deserves a chance to clarify what he's up to.

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I strongly disagree on this. When answering those questions (on the grounds of academic interest) there's a fairly good chance we're helping an unscrupulous script-kiddie hack our own gmail account, or send us the next batch of spam email or spam forum messages. I'd personally feel rather stupid knowing I helped someone spam me or hack my email. As a preemptive measure I'm going to downvote such questions every single time I see them. –  Cosmin Prund Apr 12 '11 at 14:50
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@Cosmin what are you talking about? I'm not saying we should answer his questions. Quite the contrary: if it turns out that the user clearly has criminal intentions, the question and/or the whole account needs to be deleted. But before that happens, he deserves a chance to defend himself. –  Pëkka Apr 12 '11 at 14:59
    
@CosminPrund If you can be hacked by an educated script kiddie, it makes no difference to have helped him or not. You should only care about not helping him hack other's mail accounts/whatever. But your security, that should be really hard to break if you care. Just saying :) –  Camilo Martin Feb 6 '12 at 7:57
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He named his files to "facebook-phish-scr1.jpg"

http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/media/gallerypage/user-id/92310/image-id/1214iCF35FC594B3D7C7D

So, he knows what he is doing :-)

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I closed the question, and another moderator deleted it.

It wasn't a difficult decision.

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Fair enough. As said above, some of his other questions may deserve scrutiny as well - but not being an Android expert, I can't judge the degree of their shadiness –  Pëkka Apr 12 '11 at 15:38
    
one more got deleted too - stackoverflow.com/q/2809230 –  YOU Apr 12 '11 at 15:41
    
Speaking as an Android person, his 2 Android questions sound harmless to me. –  John Apr 12 '11 at 15:43
    
@John sorry, I meant to say Blackberry. But thanks, I'll take the Android one from my list. –  Pëkka Apr 12 '11 at 15:52
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