Beware of Swine Flu related spam and malware

Posted: April 29, 2009 in Tech

Symantec Security Response has observed that malware writers joining spammers in leveraging the swine flu to reach unsuspecting computer users. While samples are extremely limited, this appears to be yet another attempt by hackers to leverage current events as lures to distribute their malware.

Some of the most common subject lines consumers should be aware of include:

– Mexico on edge as reports of swine flu cases climb
– UK monitoring swine flu outbreak
– UK probes ’17 swine flu reports’
– Global panic as swine flu spreads to Europe
– US declares emergency as Mexico flu death toll rises
– Probable Mexico swine flu death toll – 103: Minister
– Swine flu case confirmed in Spain
– Are you worried about flu outbreak?

Computer users are adviced to continue observing security best practices by keeping all security and other software up-to-date and exercise caution when opening suspicious files from unknown sources.

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