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Apple’s Newest iPad Release Excites Spammers Too

Soon after Apple introduced its latest iPad in the market, Sophos the security company reports that spammers have begun exploiting people's immense enthusiasm over the launch via unleashing malicious e-mail campaigns.

The spam mails reportedly bear the caption "Where do we send your Free iPad 2, just Test & Keep! See details." There's also a picture inside them whose text suggests the reader to acquire an iPad 3 without paying anything, as also after testing the gadget, by following a web-link.

But Sophos, in a blog-post, writes that the e-mails are a scam that may lure recipients to click. The kit is truly very sensational especially as everybody possibly knows that no iPad 3 really exists. As for Apple, it's referring to the kit as just "new iPad," the post adds. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on March 16, 2012.

Moreover, the web-link, if clicked, produces an alert with a JavaScript that praises the user as being the person of the city who has won as of (date), adding that he requires choosing a prize along with feeding in his e-mail id for realizing the award.

But, whilst the user tries to do so, he's presented with a Best-Buy electronic greeting card, a grocery coupon alternatively an iPad of an unheard of generation.

Here, explaining the nature of survey-scams, Chester Wisniewski, Security Expert at Sophos said that they were harmful for those who trusted them. Msnbc.msn.com published this on March 16, 2012.

Wisniewski wrote that sometimes people imbibed the notion that by answering the survey with the information asked they may actually get an iPad for free. But the information asked was often personal, so giving them out was truly careless and risky. It was more like gambling, which probably suited for a lottery game, he exemplified.

Conclusively, in a similar scam electronic mail using an iPad theme, early this year (January 2012), Symantec disclosed an e-mail fraud promising innocent end-users an undeclared iPad 3 from Apple wherein the cyber-criminals mimicked Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, asserting that the two companies had come together to promote the item; in the process, the e-mail recipient was the randomly-culled winner.

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