Spammers, Already Active, Surrounding Latest Harry Potter Movie
According to Symantec the security company, although the 'Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows' film is yet to be released after more than a month, spammers are already cashing in on people's enthusiasm with their harmful e-mails.
Discloses Symantec, cyber-criminals have started to entice fans with bogus offers through their spam messages. The company even outlined a specimen of the spam on its authorized Internet site.
As per that message, recipients require registering "TODAY" so they can obtain each of the 7 books within the Harry Potter sequence. In return, they will supposedly get free tickets for the movie "Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows PART 1" to be released in the movie halls across the world on November 19, 2010.
But those Harry Potter followers who register via hitting on the submit field provided within the junk message are directed for furnishing their e-mail ID as well as other private information. Thereafter, they are diverted onto an additional offer related to a holiday inside a lavish bungalow for 4 days and 3 nights. For this, the e-mail claims that recipients only require dialing certain telephone number given in the message.
Notes Samir Patil, security researcher at Symantec, spammers targeted the earlier film also within the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" sequence; however, not as intensely as in the current case, since during then they were more occupied with Michael Jackson's demise. He warns that in the present instance, the spam surge has started early and it will likely increase when the day for the movie's release gets closer. Softpedia.com published Patil's statement on October 14, 2010.
However, owing to the latest spam threat, researchers at Symantec suggest that Internet users should remain vigilant about the above kind of uninvited offers so they don't become victims of the 'The Deadly Hallows' spam.
In the end, it is clear from the most recent spam run that cyber-criminals don't spare any trendy event or movie for taking advantage of unsuspecting people with the criminals' own harmful junk electronic mails. In fact, this is a tendency they keep repeating from time to time.
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