No Treats: Beware Haunted Hacking Tricks

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Fake Halloween gift card offers have hit email in each of the last few years. Targets are offered free Halloween gift cards, supposedly in return for signing up for a new credit card, often from a high-interest rate card issuer. This is in fact a scam to harvest your personal and financial information for criminal use at a later date. The data doesn't even go to the legitimate credit card issuer referenced.

Given the popularity of the series "The Walking Dead," you can bet a lot of zombies will be shuffling about on October 31. But trick or treaters aren’t the scariest thing about Halloween anymore. Your inbox can be a much more frightening place, and IT security managers are bracing for the next annual wave of haunted hacking tricks from cybercriminals. Just like a zombie, these attacks can infect you if you don’t keep them at arms’ length. ThreatTrack Security’s communications and research analyst Jovi Umawing tells us about five tricks you should look out for in the days and weeks leading up to Halloween.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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