Criminals Use Death Of Natasha Richardson To Infect Users

It appears that hackers wouldn’t spare anything that can assist them launching malicious content across the web, as hackers are using the news of accidental death of the famous actress Natasha Richardson for spreading malicious software.

Cybercriminals are creating web pages filled with a number of keywords relating to the skiing accident that resulted in untimely death of the English actress earlier this week, notified the IT security firm Sophos.

These maliciously crafted websites trick users to purchase a fake antivirus product, which on clicking infect user’s PC with malicious content.

However, the security firm asserted that these fraudulent websites contain a malicious code termed as Troj/Reffor that runs the forged antivirus product tailored to scare PC users into making a purchase of security solution.

Commenting upon the promptness hackers showed in using the death of the award-winning actress, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said in a statement, “Cybercriminals don't waste any time jumping on the coat-tails of breaking news stories in their attempt to infect as many computer users as possible”.

He further went on to say that the web users should rely upon authentic news websites only, and avoid clicking on to unknown news sources, so as to stay away from such malicious attacks.

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Our Comments

Unfortunately, this is something to be expected, any significant event or keyword (like Obama or iPhone) is likely to attract high interest from hackers and cybercriminals. It is also highly likely that spammers and scammers will try to use the incident to honeypot computer users to buy items or services related to the popular actress's death.

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