Israeli Web Security Company Warns of Increase in Destructive Emails
Hackers Using Boston Tragedy to Download Harmful Malware
“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.