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As if one Swine Flu virus weren’t enough

As if one Swine Flu virus weren’t enough

(Internet Safety, Scams) Permanent link

Scammers are trying to cash in the Swine Flu frenzy. As if the threat of a pandemic weren’t enough, now we have to worry about a potential computer virus epidemic, virusphishing attacks and bogus prevention products. 

"The scare has spawned a spamming frenzy, like sharks smelling blood in the water," Symantec researcher Mayur Kulkarni said in a blog post.pigs

Don’t let your concern about the flu trick you into clicking on links in e-mails. Domain names related to "swine flu" are being snatched up and may be used to host malware or for phishing attacks. US-CERT, a computer security group operated in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is already aware of reports of a spear phishing attack involving Adobe Reader (.pdf) attachments with file names and subject lines related to the recent reports of the flu outbreak. 

You should also be wary of e-mails asking for donations to help those affected by the epidemic and advertisements for items claiming to cure or protect you. At least one Web site has reportedly offered a "Swine Flu Survival Guide" for $19.95. No vaccine exists. If you want real updates and health tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site. Our state's Department of Health also has helpful information online.

Posted by AGO Blog Moderator at 05/01/2009 12:08:37 PM | 


I think the scams and the virus are overrated as a problem.
Posted by: Scrubs ( Email ) at 5/22/2009 12:45 PM


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