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Cyber-Criminals Capitalize on Festival Shopping Spree, Target Internauts

According to Malcovery an Internet security firm, online-crooks are exploiting people shopping on the Net on the eve of festival by launching one deceptive e-mail campaign, reports foxbusiness.com dated December 3, 2014.

Pretending to be messages confirming purchase orders, the new scam e-mail uses seller brand-names such as WalMart, HomeDepot, Target or Costco.

The campaign propagates dual forms of malicious software. The first one is downloaded from a file attachment, while the second one is served through an embedded web-link that takes onto sites hijacked to disseminate the malware.

Malcovery researchers, following an assessment of the dual strains, concluded that there were 2 separate command-and-control systems related to the different malware pieces. It was as well determined that one malware strain was really a previous version of Asprox Trojan.

Brian Krebs well-known security blogger describes Asprox as one spiteful Trojan which collects electronic mail credentials as well as other passwords belonging to contaminated PCs, adds the latter to a botnet to distribute spam as also launches more Asprox malware assaults. Consumeraffairs.com reported this, December 3, 2014.

The most recent scam is simply another out of the several which buyers must remain vigilant of this festive period. Online-security specialists caution that hackers greatly take advantage of unwitting customers at the time of rapid holiday shopping.

As Gary Warner security researcher at Malcovery states, the latest malevolent scam may further evolve, particularly as other recent e-mail versions use other brand-names - Walgreens and Krogers. Softpedia.com published this, December 3, 2014.

End-users should be very careful while clicking on web-links inside e-mails that may actually look like being sent from genuine sources, security researchers advise.

According to Chris Hadnagy, "chief human hacker," Social-Engineer.com and also cyber-Security Specialist, e-mail scams of the kind in discussion are all very commonplace, reports foxbusiness.com dated December 3, 2014.

He urges nobody should simply follow a web-link which looks like leading onto the exact destination. It's better to access the web-browser, manually type in the web-address followed with logging-in properly, as obtaining the site directly through following that web-link could save time for the user, however, may cost him dollar in the thousands.

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