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    Web scammers playing on swine flu fears
    April 30, 2009 02:56pm

    " COMPUTER scammers are feeding off swine flu fears to entice people to download viruses or purchase bogus products.

    Emails titled “Are you worried about flu outbreak?” and "Global
    panic as swine flu spreads to Europe" are luring people into clicking
    on links or opening attachments that could be malicious, computer
    security company PC Tools said.

    PC Tools spokeswoman Magida Ezzat
    said cyber criminals were also using the celebrity angle, with email
    titles such as "Swine flu in Hollywood" and "Madonna caught swine flu".

    "Hackers will play on any big event or celebrities and we've
    recently seen a lot of scams around the financial crisis as well as the
    inauguration of Barack Obama," she said.

    The spam emails usually contain a link to a malicious website or
    what appears to be a PDF file, but is in fact a program that tries to
    steal user names and passwords. reports an explosion in the registration of flu-related domain names and says many are opportunistically trying to sell suspicious swine flu protection or treatment products.

    Ms Ezzat advised people looking for information on swine flu to stick to reputable websites such as the Federal Government's health website.

    People should also keep their anti-virus software updated to protect them from falling prey to scams, she said.


    Source: Web scammers playing on swine flu fears

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