Hackers Victimizes Unwary Fredericton Woman
In recent hacking news, a Fredericton (New Brunswick, Canada) woman, Sheilah MacPhee is shocked at sudden dismal of intruders in her social networking accounts (Facebook and Twitter), reports cbc.ca on November 28, 2011.
MacPhee also informed the increased indulge of cyber intruders' demeanor in conveying fake message to her friends anticipating sympathy and monetary assistance during October 2011.
While reporting the sudden spam attack, the victimized also apologized to all involved in the fake circulation and confirmed about her mental trauma, highlights cbc.ca on November 28, 2011.
Even though the modus operandi of the spammers were of no use in this instance, the victimized was all set to personally call the victimized as she considered that it is a personal attack to play with one's sense of security.
While discussing the case, Guy Paul Laroque, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Cpl., acknowledged about similar events since the beginning of the year and stated about 23 reports so far being informed and the loss of US$ 12,000 in total in New Brunswick, reports cbc.ca on November 28, 2011.
Security experts exposed MacPhee being victimized of the stranded overseas scam attack. The e-mail conform the recipient of a sudden entangled situation while being in abroad and the victimized being in dire need of money. But the other way round, in actuality the victimized account is hacked and then sympathetic appeals are being made by the intruders posing to be the victim itself.
While adding to this proposition, security officers acclaims that this type of spam is a common and easy effort, where intruders hack the personal attack and reach all the friends in the friends' list and blackmail them. In some of the instances, the intruders wait for the reply while in most of the cases, they directly charge the victimized of transferring big money through Western Union. Security officials also accustomed that it's unfortunate that though these kinds of spam attacks are quite common, no reports for tracking down the numbers exists.
As such, taking into consideration all the aspects, security experts recommend the victimized for calling the friend and speaking with them directly in order to solve the scam.
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