You know, the bad guys are always behind exploiting the scoop to their best abilities. Michael Jackson died (RIP) and everyone thronged the internet to confirm the news and find further leads. But it didn’t take the spammers long to capitalize on the massive interest in Michael Jackson.
Security researchers have warned people, about the increasing amount of spam and malware relating to Michael Jackson floating around the web.
Earthtimes reported on Thursay:
One e-mail carries the subject line “Remembering Michael Jackson” was circulating with a worm in tow. The e-mail has a zip file attached that infects victims if downloaded.
“The e-mail, which claims to come from [email protected], says that the attached ZIP file contains secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson,” Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, wrote on a blog. “However, the reality is that opening the attachment exposes you to infection – and if your computer is hit you will be spreading the worm onto other internet users.”
Cluley said that the malware also spreads via USB memory sticks. Another e-mail promises an exclusive look at a YouTube video of the “last work of Michael Jackson,” but instead installs a malicious program that steals passwords.
Several sites went down when MJ died. Make sure your computer doesn’t.