Shalom Life | April 21, 2014

Israeli Web Security Company Warns of Increase in Destructive Emails

Hackers Using Boston Tragedy to Download Harmful Malware

By: David Shear

Published: April 19th, 2013 in News » World

Israeli Web Security Company Warns of Increase in Destructive Emails
According to an Israeli web security company, computer hackers are taking advantage of the current situation in Boston.

“In the wake of the tragedy in Boston, hackers are sending out e-mails designed to prey on the worries of people whose loved ones may have been caught up in the bombings, or who are following the breaking news,” warns CommTouch.

“The hackers started taking advantage of the mayhem in Boston almost immediately,” said the Israeli company. “Already at 6 p.m. Monday Eastern time, the first e-mails were sent out designed to take advantage of the worry and concern of people around the world.”

And the fact that the fake messages sent out by the hackers, which included headlines such as “Exclusive footage of Boston explosions,” and others, were opened by the unsuspecting public, whose computers would then have destructive malware downloaded onto them, says something about our taste for the sensational, like those who find it hard to look away from a car crash.

And, according to CommTouch, unfortunately these types of attacks are not new.

The election of the new Pope garnered many destructive e-mails, and according to CommTouch the situation with the unfolding news events that are quickly escalating in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the hackers are most likely going to escalate their cyber attacks on unwitting victims.

“We are warning users to protect themselves in the coming days and avoid clicking on links, even if they seem legitimate, without verifying their source, as hackers are likely to continue taking advantage of the situation in Boston,” said CommTouch.

What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20 What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20 TrendingA Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO] A Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO] TrendingItalian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem Italian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem Trending
 

What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20

April 20, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20

Our Top Stories this week include our Passover Book Series, an interview with Jeremy Diamond, the best Bible films, and more

Read More

James Franco’s Ex-Manager Sued for Embezzling Money From the Actor

April 18, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
James Franco’s Ex-Manager Sued for Embezzling Money From the Actor

James Levy is being sued by his former partners at James Levy Management

Read More

James Franco and Idina Menzel Set For Easter Bonnet Competition

April 18, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
James Franco and Idina Menzel Set For Easter Bonnet Competition

Franco and Menzel join Bryan Cranston, Fran Drescher and others at the event benefitting AIDS.

Read More

Spielberg’s Latest Project: A Film About a Jew Who Becomes a Priest

April 18, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Spielberg’s Latest Project: A Film About a Jew Who Becomes a Priest

The 'Schindler's List' director joins 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

Read More

Jewish Top 10s: Bible Movies

April 18, 2014 | By Zak Edwards
Jewish Top 10s: Bible Movies

In honor of Passover, we look at some of the best feature films that reinterpret stories from the Bible

Read More

Emotional Pain Isn't Just in Your Head

April 18, 2014 | By Abigail Klein Leichman
Emotional Pain Isn't Just in Your Head

A new Israeli-US study provides breakthrough in understanding the brain mechanisms that cause physical pain resulting from depression

Read More

A Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 | By Ynet News
A Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO]

Created by students of Rav Elio Toaff nursery school in Rome, 'cheerful Haggadah' is specially made for other children, not only Jewish

Read More

Italian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem

April 18, 2014 | By Graham Sigurdson
Italian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem

Beppe Grillo, head of an anti-establishment movement, released the parody on his blog that Jewish activists have labelled an 'obscenity'

Read More

More Headlines