Saturday, August 18, 2012

Scammers exploiting Winehouse, Norway tragedies

Originally posted 07/27/2011 on lubbockonline.com

Bill Brenner of CSO online reports that scammers are taking advantage of the death of Amy Winehouse and the tragedy in Norway. The attacks use social engineering to convince people to click on links that will infect their computers with malware.

It sounds paranoid, but you should be suspicious of any shared link. Creating emails, tweets, and updates that will allow scammers to hijack legitimate accounts to spread their (mal)wares has become both a science and an art. Even seasoned, super suspicious security experts can find themselves hooked by a well crafted scam. So be a little paranoid, and be a lot safer.