Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Malware Tidal Wave Hits CyberSpace after Pacific Tsunami

  • 01 October, 2009 14:44

<p>Despite the loss of hundreds of lives following the Indonesian earthquake last night, unscrupulous cybercriminals have wasted no time in profiteering from the disaster. Knowing that people around the world will eagerly be searching the web for news of their loved ones, Symantec analysis has shown that malware creators have quickly devised malicious software and websites designed to make money from concerned members of the public.</p>
<p>Cybercriminals are poisoning web searches so that their fake websites are listed at the top of the page. Many of the listings which result from searches for terms such as “Western Samoa”, “Earthquake”, or “Tsunami”, will link to malicious pages that then attempt to perform fake antivirus scans by offering to clean the users’ computer. Symantec warns users to be vigilant and cautious of any search results which appear not to link to trusted sources.</p>
<p>Hon Lau, Security Response Manager at Symantec, commented: “These types of attack are becoming increasingly prevalent online. We recently identified similar attacks following both the Serena Williams outburst and the Twitter based attacks reported last week. The people behind these scams are constantly evolving and adapting their attacks to suit current news events. Unfortunately there is no event, no matter how heartbreaking, which a hacker will not try to profit from.”</p>
<p>###</p>
<p>Press Contacts:</p>
<p>Jasmin Athwal</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>+61 2 9954 3492</p>
<p>Jasmin.Athwal@maxaustralia.com.au</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine</p>
<p>Symantec</p>
<p>+61 2 8220 7158</p>
<p>debbie_sassine@symantec.com</p>

Most Popular

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?