'Cheap stuff' scams were also very prevalent in 2009, appealing to people looking for expensive products at a low price. Watches were the most common products offered, but many other designer products have been used as well. The logistics behind these sites are similar to the Canadian Pharmacy: they move around frequently and fail to use secure communications for financial transactions. And, of course, the customer faces similar risks, such as receiving no product at all, identity and credit card theft and malicious downloads.
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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