In 2009, there was no shortage of high-profile drama. Serena Williams' outburst at the U.S. Open and publicized indiscretions of Tiger Woods were both leveraged quickly through poison search attacks and other activities. These searches often led to a fake virus warning and product offer. Also, the tremendous success of the Twilight books and movie fueled fake video clips timed with the movie's release.
The most successful attacks of 2009, as in previous years, required a successful social engineering component at one stage of the attack or another. For instance, fake antivirus scams exploit common security fears, while fake code malware teases individuals to the point where they lack the patience to really think about what they are being asked to do.
In addition, death, disaster and drama have become hugely effective vehicles for spreading malware. These tactics are explored in more detail below.
As part of a comprehensive review of 2009, Blue Coat Systems has compiled this list of the most common (and successful) bait and scams the bad guys are using to install malware on unsuspecting users' systems and steal personal information.
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