2010 Security Scams: SPAMfighter Cautions Consumers to Stay Safe
No need to be Nostradamus to predict that spam and online security threats will continue to be a nuisance in the New Year. Spam remains on everyone's "naughty" list this season, but in the hopes of making the "nice" list, SPAMfighter has gathered compiled it's 2010 top security scams list to caution consumers to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from becoming victims of increasingly malicious spam:
1. Nigerian scams/phishing attempts:
This type of threat has become more sophisticated in 2009 with increasingly personalized emails that are generated from local malware which have the capability to learn about consumers' internet habits (which banks consumers visit on the internet, which car they may be interested in buying etc.). Less advanced Nigerian scams will probably be less visible in 2010.
2. Social network scams:
Scams utilizing social networks are becoming increasingly problematic and 2010 will see this trend continue with new scams including the use of "url shorteners" and newer Web 2.0 techniques. Services that are in Beta like Google Wave may also find themselves targets.
3. Attacks being kept below the radar are on the rise:
Scams are purposefully targeting smaller organizations or segments of users, such as customers of a specific service and smaller social networks. In this way, these scams are not seen as a widespread threat, but in reality remain harmful to unsuspecting victims.
4. Malicious mobile spam:
As mobile devices still offer lower levels of protection than our computers do at this point, the amount of spam designed to infiltrate mobile phones will continue to rise as users become more dependent on their phones for email and internet access.
5. Windows 7 warning:
Spammers are looking for vulnerabilities in the new operating system and may target new users with "Windows 7 update" spam or other emailed security threats.
6. Multilingual spam:
The quality of localized spam/phishing emails in languages other than English is improving and this type of spam is becoming less reliant on automated translation services, unfortunately becoming increasingly tricky in the process.
7. New domain names:
Spammers are continuing to look for domainnames that are easy to utilize as embedded links in emails. SPAMfighter has tracked a shift towards using Chinese .cn domain names from .com domain names in the past year and spammers will likely continue to find new alternatives as well.
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