Halloween Doesn▓t Have to Be a Scary Time for Internet Users

October 2009


A possible ⌠Halloween/Creepy/Scary Character■ scam, based on the previous Porn Name stratagem. This could trick users into revealing private information, such as maiden name or birth place etc., which e-crooks could use to illegally access e-mail or on-line bank accounts Automatically generated tweets and posts advertising funny pictures and videos that use shortened URLs directing users to Web pages distributing malware.

BitDefender Offers Tips on Avoiding Halloween Malware

BUCHAREST, Romania √ October 29, 2009 √With Halloween just around the corner, BitDefender, an award-winning provider of innovative anti-malware security solutions, has a warning for internet users: Jokes, pranks, scary stories, wicked costumes and jack-o▓-lanterns are all part of the innocent arsenal of Halloween, but when combined with malicious payloads they can create a nightmare for systems and data.
Using social engineering strategies and speculating behavioral vectors of attack, such as entertainment and curiosity, Halloween malware will most likely be deployed over three particular channels: social networks, e-mail and Web sites.
Users should be aware of:
A possible ⌠Halloween/Creepy/Scary Character■ scam, based on the previous Porn Name stratagem. This could trick users into revealing private information, such as maiden name or birth place etc., which e-crooks could use to illegally access e-mail or on-line bank accounts
Automatically generated tweets and posts advertising funny pictures and videos that use shortened URLs directing users to Web pages distributing malware. Last month Roman Polanski▓s arrest and Samantha Geimer▓s abuse were exploited for malicious purposes, Halloween could be as well.
Unsolicited e-mails claiming to deliver Halloween-related jokes, allegedly ⌠hilarious■ PowerPoint documents, or videos. The messages can easily sneak malware into an unprotected system or lure users towards web sites responsible for malware dissemination.
BitDefender recommends the following tips to keep your online activity a treat and to avoid tricks:
Keep your systems updated √ download and install the latest security updates and malicious removal tools, as well as other patches or fixes
Do not open or copy onto your computer any file, even if it comes from a trusted source, before running a complete antimalware scan.
Do not open e-mails and e-mail attachments from senders you do not know.
Do not click any links contained in the spam e-mails, including the ⌠unsubscribe■ ones; you might trigger other malware and compromise your system▓s security
Make sure you know who you are following or add as friend.
Avoid placing your e-mail address on websites, guest books, newsgroups, contact lists, shopping or gift lists or making it public on channel or wall
Do not hesitate to report Twitter or Facebook spammers



BitDefender also recommends the use of an integrated security solution, one that offers antivirus, antispam and a firewall, but also has advanced features like web filtering and identity protection.

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