If you thought that the television news networks were the only ones trying to get the best out of a panic, you thought wrong. Those ever-persistent cretins that inhabit the Internet are fast at work, scheming their way to a quick buck, all thanks to the Swine Flu.
It looks like most Swine Flu related scams that have been circulating by means of email that typically contain a link to a phishing website, or have an attachment with malicious code. One such email features an Adobe PDF named “Swine influenza frequently asked questions.pdf,” according to representatives with Symantec. This PDF contains Bloodhount.Exploit.6, which is known to place InfoStealer code onto the victim’s computer.
So, aside from watching your real back, make sure to watch your virtual one as well. The Swine Flu is no joke, and neither is your personal information.
Internet shenanigans are keeping abreast with the latest developments around the world and using it to their advantage. An email doing the rounds around the internet hoodwinks the recipient into believing that it is from CNN. The clandestine email ostensibly contains a link to a “graphic” video of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. However, it leads to a fake website that contains a Trojan that betrays the user’s sensitive data, according to the RSA.
The author of the phishing attack has tried to make the website as plausible as possible. Upon visiting the link, the user is greeted with a message asking him to update his Adobe Flash Player. If the user lends his countenance to the download, a Trojan is downloaded instead of the latest version of Flash
The internet has become a breeding ground for scams of all shapes and sizes, but perhaps none more popular (and thus more easily recognizable) than the email rouse of a long lost relative, government official, or bank employee holed up in Nigeria and needing your help in securing a large sum of money. There's really no need to go on because you've undoubtedly received variations of this scam in your inbox countless times and, well, it never works. Or does it?
Not only does the old Nigerian bit still lure victims, the scam claimedits biggest known payday to date thanks to Janella Spears who forked over a mind boggling $400,000. Despite the big payout, Spears still contends she isn't easily duped. After all, she works as a registered nurse, teaches CPR, is a reverend who has married many couples, and also learned sign language to communicate with her hearing impaired husband. So what possible spin could this common scam have come with that got a seemingly intelligent woman to take the bait?
Hit the jump to find out what it was that convinced Spears the scam might be legit.