Swine Flu

Fake H1N1 E-mail Alerts Lead to Malware

Malicious hackers are using fake alerts around H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccines to trick end users into installing malware on Windows computers, according to warnings issued by computer security firms.The latest malware campaign begins with e-mail messages offering information regarding the H1N1 vaccination. The e-mail messages contain a link to a bogus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site with prompts to create a user profile.  During this process, a malware file gets planted on the user’s machine.

Health scares can provide lessons for security

The swine flu outbreak has inspired a flood of comparisons and false analogies to Conficker and other worms, most of which miss the many key differences between the Internet infrastructure and the human population. But there are lessons that security personnel can learn from the ways that health organizatons respond to and handle epidemics.

Beware of Swine Flu phishing, e-mail scams

Security researchers are starting to sound the alarm [avertlabs.com] for e-mail scams related to news stories on the Swine Flu.
According to a notice from US-CERT, the attacks arrive via an unsolicited email message typically containing a subject line related to the Swine Flu. These email messages may contain a link or an attachment. If users click on this link or open the attachment, they may be directed to a phishing website or exposed to malicious code. Read the full advisory [us-cert.gov] for protection advice.

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