Feeds

Cybercrooks prey on 9/11 anniversary

Malware, 'commemorative coin' auctions and fake charity donation

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Cybercrooks are gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a range of malware traps and hacking attempts both on social networks and the wider internet, net security firm BitDefender warns.

The first wave of these attacks comes in the form of the newly established websites offering supposed content such as "Bin Laden alive", "in depth details about the terrorist attack", "police investigation results" and "towers going down" to attract the curious.

The sites are filed with links to scareware and phishing sites. Others have created fraudulent charity donation sites that serve only to line their greedy pockets at the expense of genuine gift-giving sites.

In addition, fraudsters are running fake auctions and sales of items supposedly linked to the devastating attacks such as shards of metal from the twin tower or even "commemorative coins" supposedly minted from silver collected at the attack site.

More scam, perhaps involving malware, can be expected to follow over the coming days.

“Because of the advancement of hacking and spamming technology over the past decade, plus the significance of the anniversary and increased media coverage, Sept 11 this year may prove hectic on the malware front,” said Catalin Cosoi, head of the Online Threats Lab at Bitdefender.

BitDefender says many of the scams likely to be on show are similar to those seen during anniversaries of the London bombings of July 2005.

Cybercrooks marked remembrances of the 7/7 attacks with fake donation requests, spamming of viruses disguised as supposed videos of the assaults and advanced fee fraud email scams. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.