December 11, 2009 No Comments-
The Christmas holiday is almost upon us, and it is a good time to remind people that malware authors are likely to try to exploit periods like this to increase their spread of malware. They usually do this by sending emails and messages with content tailored to the occasion; f.ex. “Christmas e-card” or “Happy new year ”. And of course, to read your greeting you’ll have to install something that claims to be a plugin or similar, but invariably is a malicious program.
Actually, this problem is not specific to Christmas. There are always spam emails targeted at the newsitem du jour. In many cases these are just spam, trying to sell stuff. In other cases there will be trojans attached to the emails.
The thing to do is of course to apply brain. Don’t install anything attached to or linked to by emails, instant messages or social network messages, unless you know what you are doing. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy a quiet and virus-free turn of the year.
Snorre Fagerland is a Principal Security Researcher in the Malware Detection Team (MDT) at Norman.
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