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Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Disaster to Spread Malware

11/1/2012 2:25 PM

Category: Alerts and Scams

Users are reminded to be on the lookout for emails or postings pleading for donations or offering exclusive video following Sandy which, in fact, contain malware, spyware, Trojans, or viruses. For example, Verizon recently discovered a new link delivering a Sykipot variant in a file called Disaster_Relief_Info.ZIP, which contains Disaster_Relief_Info.scr. Based upon the information available, Verizon believes this lure is likely being used in targeted attacks and is likely retrieved by clicking on a link in a phishing email. Previous Sykipot campaigns have heavily targeted government organizations at the state and federal levels.