10 February 2012

Spammers dangle the V-Day bait

Anita Aggarwal, 21, found an alluring offer on her FB account: a perfect gift for her fiancé. Excited about the gift, she filled in the application sharing all her information including her personal id. Soon Anita realised that her email id had been hacked.

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, it is not surprising if you have already started receiving mails and enticing messages on your Facebook pages which include big discounts on jewellery, food and even slimming products. However, these are tricks with a target — to infect computers, and steal personal details.

Spam companies have also come across Facebook page-based attacks centring around Valentine’s Day. Users are asked to post a Valentine’s theme in their Facebook profile from where they are redirected to another website which asks users to download the theme which is a fake website. On installing the theme, cyber criminals can access your personal information and data on your personal PC’s and Computers.

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