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Free iTunes Gift Certificate Black Friday Scam Targeting Gullible Internet Users

If security experts are to be believed then internet users are the new targets of cyber criminals via new gift certificate scam.

Internet users are receiving an email which claims to have been sent from Apple's iTunes store, according to a blog posted on Eleven security blog (opens in new tab). The mail contains a ZIP file which has a malware capable of allowing hackers easy access to the computer system of the recipient.

The blog comments that the time of this attack has been coincided with the Black Friday sale which is one of the busiest shopping days in United States. Black Friday is considered as the starting day of the Christmas shopping season by many retailers and thus they offer a day long discounts and other very lucrative deals.

According to Eleven this period has become one of the most favourite times for scammers to target users.

The mail says that $50 have been sent to the user as iTunes store credit and to avail it the receiver must open the attached file where the certificate code can be found, reported the security firm. The attached file contains a program named Mal/BredoZp-B which can be removed via anti-spyware tools.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.