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US-CERT: Phishers Dangle Swine Flu as Bait

By Matthew Harwood

Phishers and spammers are exploiting worldwide fear of swine flu to sell pharmaceutical products and steal personal information from anxious e-mail users, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) reports.

US-CERT is aware of public reports of email scams circulating related to the Swine Flu. The attacks arrive via an unsolicited email message typically containing a subject line related to the Swine Flu. These email messages may contain a link or an attachment. If users click on this link or open the attachment, they may be directed to a phishing website or exposed to malicious code.

US-CERT's advice remains the same for avoiding phishing scams: if you don't know who sent you the e-mail, don't click on any links within it and keep your antivirus software up-to-date.

Phishers have a tendency to exploit any fear to victimize new marks. Last year after Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna, cybercriminals registered hurricane-related domain names to trick unsuspecting people into giving relief and donations to fake charities.

Hat tip: C/NET

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