Hackers Target Funeral Notices
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 08:01 AM CST
Recently bereaved families are being warned to watch out for a new computer hacking scheme using fake funeral notices.
have hit a ‘new low’ with the malware attack which tricks those who
have lost a loved one to click on a link that refers to the funeral
service of the recently departed.
Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning against the hacking
scheme which sends out a bogus email containing a link which
automatically downloads malicious software.
True evil hacking: The U.S. government consumer
protection agency are warning against a new type of malware hidden in
emails with funeral notices
The email is sent out with the subject
line ‘funeral notification’ and appears to be sent out by a legitimate
funeral home, offering condolences.
tricks grieving families to click on a link supposedly offering more
information about the upcoming ‘celebration of your friend’s life
service,’ the FTC said.
the link directs to a foreign domain which automatically downloads
malicious software, which includes viruses and spyware, to a computer
without the user’s consent.
Sick virus: The email has the subject line
'funeral notification' and tricks the recently bereaved to download the
virus by appearing to be from a legitimate funeral home
can be used to steal personal information, such as bank details, as
well as monitor and control your online activity and even hack into your
Malware is an
umbrella term for hostile software, and uincludes worms, trojan horses,
kayloggers, ransomware and adware as well as spyware and viruses.
‘Scam artists are
forever trying to trick people into clicking on links that will download
malware to their computers,’ the government consumer protection agency
said in a statement.
‘But the latest scam takes the tricks to a new low."