Feeds

Fraudsters target disaster searches again

The usual scumbag sucker-punch

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Adding to the public’s growing disaster fatigue following the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, online fraudsters have been prolific in attempts to try and scam charity donors.

According to Symantec’s April report, phishers have been trying to take advantage of the situation in Japan and New Zealand by creating fake donation sites and sending spam donation emails.

The fraudsters using the New Zealand earthquake to their advantage also created a phishing site, based in Austria, spoofing the Red Cross website for New Zealand and requested help from end users. To make the donation, users were required to enter certain confidential information including email address, postal address, credit card number, three digit security number, card expiration date, four digit PIN code, driver license number, and date of birth. Upon entering the required information, the Web page redirected victims to the legitimate Red Cross website.

In the case of Japan, emails were sent containing an image with a link that leads to malware. Once the link is opened, the user is asked to download and install an executable file that is malware related to a Brazilian banking Trojan.

The malware gathers the user’s Internet banking credentials and other sensitive information. The scammers have also been exploiting the relief efforts by sending 419 scam emails that have been prevalent ever since the natural disaster took place, which include a Nigerian styled fake personalized messages that urge people to help the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami while the country is battling a nuclear crisis. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes
That's not the website you're looking for
ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade
Nothing we can do to stop them, says decentralized network
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.