Beware: Malicious Emails About Boston Marathon Bombing

Emergency Computer KeyIt’s happening again; malware-laden emails, that exploit the Boston Marathon bombing, are surfacing. It’s become almost routine that the cyber criminal organizations take advantage of high-exposure events to entice unwitting computer and Internet users to click on an email link that will send them to a malicious website to have their computer infected with malware. It happens during the Olympics, World Cup Soccer finals, around major holidays, and unfortunately, during a horrific event like the Boston Marathon bombing.

Graham Cluley, a reporter for NakedSecurity.Sophos.com, recently reported on such messages being sent out with subjects relating to the Boston bombing incident. Here is part of his article:

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These subject lines are very tempting to click on to view the videos and gain information about the bombing incident…they’re designed to do just that, have you click on the malicious link. Expect these subject lines to vary as the investigation of this event plays out.

Be very careful, even cynical, in your thought process when evaluating whether to click on a link…any link; but more especially one in an email such as this.

Reference: NakedSecurity.com article

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Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Beware: Malicious Emails About Boston Marathon Bombing

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