In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, the big news is that Michael Jackson died. Yes…THAT Michael Jackson. The King of Pop. The Thriller. The one who introduced the world to the Moonwalk and a solitary glittery glove.
In the wake of his untimely death, cyber criminals have used his name to flood the world with spam and malware. Can’t a man rest in peace without everyone trying to cash in on his death? Shortly following his death, news sources like AsiaOne Digital detailed harvesting spam campaigns that circulated the globe. Spammers hoped to verify email addresses by luring recipients to click on links.
As the hours passed, the campaigns became more sophisticated and have morped into blended threats…spam messages with links to Web sites that contain malware. The Commtouch Labs recently reported a scheme to spread a nasty virus that can disable firewalls and steal personal identifying information including financial data. The email looked like this:
The link in the email led to this page (seen below), where one is prompted to download an executable file. This executable file won’t actually provide secrets about the entertainer’s death…so don’t download it. It’s the data-stealing virus. No one wants one of those.
The world lost an amazing entertainer last week. We extend our deepest condolences to the Jackson family.