Security firms warn of Michael Jackson spam messages

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Tech

Computer security firms are warning users to be vigilant about spam messages capitalizing the sudden death of U.S. pop star Michael Jackson.

Security firm Sophos on Friday reported that about eight hours after Jackson’s death, its experts witnessed the first wave of spam messages taking advantage of the breaking news in the subject line and body of the email.

In these messages, the spammers claimed that they have vital information about the death of Michael Jackson to share and asked for a reply. Experts said the spammers can easily harvest recipients’ contact information via a free live email address if users reply to the spam message.

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