06 May 2011
Fight Social Engineering with Anti-Malware
Whenever there is a big news story online, cybercriminals target unsuspecting Internet users by tricking them into clicking on malware. This technique is considered “social engineering,” which is the act of manipulating people into an action through trickery or deception. So, when the world learned that bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces, creators of malware knew what they had to do – exploit people’s natural desire to see photo images of his dead body. And hope that most people are without an anti-malware security solution.
While White House officials debate releasing photographs of bin Laden’s corpse, cybercriminals are hard at work creating photoshopped images that are supposed to look like the terrorist leader after he had been killed. Some people want to see a picture of his dead body as a form of closure, while others simply won’t believe he’s dead until they see photo evidence. Until the government decides whether they should be released to the public, the public can count on doctored photos laced with malware to continue making their rounds. Besides an anti-malware program, the best way to avoid this social engineering tactic is to resist the temptation to view these images.
What can you do to protect yourself from these malicious software attacks?
As the biggest story of the year, the news of bin Laden’s death is a cybercriminal’s dream come true. But, there are ways to avoid their traps and stay safe from malware attacks. First, if you are searching for updates on this developing story, go directly to the websites of reputable news sources as opposed to clicking on just any link. Next, make sure you have an up-to-date anti-malware program that wards off such potential threats.