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Spam, Phishing, and Malicious Code Related to Recent Celebrity Deaths

July 2nd, 2009 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports of an increased number of spam campaigns, phishing attacks, and malicious code targeting the recent deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. These email messages may attempt to gain user information through phishing attacks or by recording email addresses if the user replies to the message. Additionally, email messages may contain malicious code or may contain a link to a seemingly legitimate website containing malicious code.

DarkFiber Consulting would like to remind users to remain cautious when
receiving unsolicited email. Users are encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves from these types of attacks:

Fake Antivirus Software Circulating

September 16th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports indicating an increase in the instances of fake antivirus software circulating. These software applications are malicious code, not legitimate antivirus applications. These instances of malicious code are noted as being distributed through spam email messages containing malicious links, instant messages containing malicious links, private messages on social networking sites, infection from other malware, and from visiting compromised websites.

Quite often, this malware attempts to convince users that there is something wrong with their systems. This leads to an attempt persuade the users into purchasing an illegitimate antivirus application. If the user purchases the bogus software, the attacker may be able to obtain personal and credit card information for use in additional scams and fraudulent activity.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to perform the following preventative measures to help mitigate the risks:

  • Install legitimate antivirus software from a trusted vendor, and keep its virus signature files up-to-date.
  • Do not follow unsolicited web links found in email messages or instant messages.
  • Use caution when visiting untrusted websites.
  • Do not install untrusted software.