18 April 2013

Watch out for spam associated with the Boston tragedy

On 17 April 2013, the ACMA posted the following information:

Spam emails have been reported to the ACMA containing links to webpages associated with the recent Boston explosions. These emails contain links to potentially malicious content that may damage your computer. If you get one of these emails the ACMA advises that you should delete it immediately.

The emails reported to the ACMA have titles such as: ‘Boston Marathon Explosion: Exclusive Video’ or ‘2 Explosions at Boston Marathon’, but it is likely that many similar emails are or will shortly be in circulation.

The body of the email contains little or no text. If the link in the email is ‘clicked’ after a short delay a pop-up may appear automatically, advising that you have chosen to download an executable file (ending in .exe) and asking if you want to save it. The URL may contain the words ‘news.html’ or something similar. DO NOT click on the pop-up in response.

If you receive an email like this, whether it appears to come from someone you know or not, delete the message.

Fund Raising Malware and Scams

Unfortunately scammers often take advantage of tragedies, so be wary if you start to receive emails purporting to come from reputable organisations soliciting donations. They may contain links to malicious content or be a scam.

More information

ACMA’s original post.

Stay Smart Online provides more information on scams.

You can also report any attempts at scamming to SCAMwatch.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone’s circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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This information has been prepared by Enex TestLab for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy ('the Department'). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.

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