Osama Bin Laden news spurs wave of scams, malware
It only took a few hours for cyber criminals to start finding ways to use the Bin Laden news as fresh trap for malware-laden links
By Joan Goodchild , Senior Editor
Ducklin offers several tips to avoid being trapped. They include:
- Don't blindly trust links you see online, whether in emails, on social networking sites, or from searches. If the URL and the subject matter don't tie up in some obvious way, give it a miss.
- Use an endpoint security product which offers some sort of web filtering so you get early warning of poisoned content. (Sophos Endpoint Security and Control and the Sophos Web Appliance are two examples.)
- If you go to a site expecting to see information on a specific topic but get redirected somewhere unexpected - to a "click here for a free security scan" page, for instance, or to a survey site, or to a "download this codec program to view the video" dialog - then get out of there at once. Don't click further. You're being scammed.
Researchers with Imperva captured the inner workings of a black-hat SEO effort on a hacker forum. In Imperva's blog post, they provide details on the campaign, which is designed to generate inauthentic Facebook likes through obfuscated links.
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