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Spammers Attempting to Cash in on Mumbai Terror

Created: 02 Dec 2008 17:20:03 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:38:46 GMT
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India recently suffered a shocking terrorist attack, with hostage situations in Mumbai involving Indian nationals as well as tourists and travelers from all over the world. Updates on the terrorists’ activity are still being followed closely. Sadly, spammers would never want to miss the chance to capitalize on the fast-spreading news of this tragic incident, using the headlines for their fraudulent emails with product advertisements or malicious links/attachments. Symantec has come across spam messages showing news headlines regarding the Mumbai terror, but the content inside is completely unrelated and is advertising pills.

 

In the past, we have seen similar methods being used, where topical news headlines are used to lure recipients into opening unsolicited emails. Users are advised not to click on links found in such spam emails. Be wary of emails that have been delivered to you from an unknown sender or source, or if the email is unexpected and/or out of the ordinary, even if it appears to have been sent to you from a known contact. If you are looking for updates on recent news, please search for them on trusted news websites.