MasterCard Theft May Spawn Viruses

June 2005

BitDefender virus analysts warn about the impending appearance of malware using social engineering tricks, centered around the recent case of stolen credit card numbers.

"We expect to see new virus variants and phishing attempts based on this case within the week" declared Mihai Radu, for BitDefender. "While this may seem as a very short time, such attempts must work within the limited attention span imposed by modern media. We already have a precedent in the Paris Hilton case, when numerous viruses were peddling fake "adult" pictures and videos of the heiress just a couple of days after she made the headlines."

BitDefender specialists urged the public to remain weary of any requests to "help recover" stolen info.

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CNN: 40M credit cards hacked