The 9 Most Successful Social Media Scams of 2009 - Slide 5

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Today's cybercriminals are extremely flexible. In addition to exploiting death, disaster and drama, they can target holidays and seasonal events with specialized messaging. For example, search engine manipulation techniques are especially effective during key shopping seasons, such as Christmas. Fake antivirus offers are also more successful during back-to-school season or other major computer buying times, when consumers may be more susceptible. Fake video codecs also spike during major sporting events.

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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