Security Specialists Caution About Easter-Themed Spam Mails
Security specialists from security agencies caution that Internet-users should make their spam filters and anti-malware software up-to-date following multiple e-mail assaults utilizing socially-engineered tactics that relate to the Easter occasion of April 24, 2011 for disseminating malware, published V3.co.uk in news on April 19, 2011.
Warns McAfee a security company, the spate of e-mails seems as containing a standard electronic card depicting chicks, eggs and a bunny in a colorful photograph. They (e-mails) suggest that recipients should click on a given link named "Download Animated Greeting Here."
But, on clicking, users really get malware installed on their PCs, which try to filch passwords as well as other sensitive details. Also, they may lose their systems' control to the assaulters, McAfee alerted. Blogs.mcafee.com reported this on April 18, 2011.
Additionally McAfee said that suppose a user thought the incoming e-mail might be genuine then he should verify through a different electronic mail sent to the e-mail dispatcher asking if he'd really dispatched the greeting. V3.co.uk published this.
Meanwhile, Symantec another security company also issued software that updates the company's anti-spam products ever-since it detected spam mails wherein spammers reportedly take advantage of the festival time. Says Symantec, the miscreants are dispatching replica-spam mails along with targeted gift or electronic cards.
Moreover, Symantec as well detected various subject lines in the spammers' e-mails like "The Most Popular Gift for Kids this Easter 2011," "Give your child the gift of amazement A Package from The Easter Bunny," "How To Make This Your Childs Best Easter Ever" amongst others.
And as for targeted Easter gifts, the spammers are seemingly offering replica items, priced unbelievably low. They're also creating turmoil by indicating that stocks are inadequate hence one must "Rush!"
However, Symantec warns that users shouldn't fall for the promises claimed, for they may just be spammers' lure for seizing hold over people's private details. Symantec.com reported this on April 19, 2011.
Eventually, for remaining safe from the scams, both McAfee and Symantec have advised netizens for being very careful while surfing online as also for thinking again prior to clicking on a personalized Easter present or viewing an e-card.
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