Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Amy Winehouse tragedy inspires rather obvious phishing scams

Webroot is warning users of widespread Trojans spread by phishing emails exploiting the death of Amy Winehouse.  Phishing based on celebrities, especially when they run into tragedy, is nothing new. Back in 2000, a major corporate partner of mine was fooled by a virus involving a tennis player, in a time before phishing was widely understood.

This time the hackers are focused in Brazil as well as China and are mainly motivated to invade bank accounts, as usual.

But it’s an easy ruse to miss. Just don’t click on links in unsolicited emails, and as usual, mark suspicious emails as spam. Let’s see if the ISP’s catch this one automatically.

The link for the tweeted Webroot story is here

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