Don’t Take the Bait

In recent months, cyber attackers have made spam look less and less like spam. Rather than an e-mail claiming to come from a bank or e-commerce site, unsuspecting computer users can now receive e-mail that looks like it’s from someone they know.

In an article on the PC World website, Grant Gross says cybersecurity experts warn of new ways to steal information, including “infecting legitimate Web sites with Trojan and creating rogue software packages that look legitimate but contain malware.”

And rather than confining the damage to computers associated with the shadier corners of the Internet, malicious code has recently compromised a Web site affiliated with the Miami Dolphins, and another associated with rock star Paul McCartney.

Tens of thousands of other legitimate sites have been infected, Uri Rivner of RSA Security told Gross. Rivner is the company’s head of new technologies for consumer identity protection.

“Cyber criminals are also turning to the help-wanted ads and e-mails to recruit unsuspecting helpers to launder money,” Rivner added.

The general rule is that if someone you know seems to be asking you for personal information by e-mail, or if a too-good-to-be-true job offer lands in your inbox, don’t take the bait.

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