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Hackers Target Funeral Notices

Recently bereaved families are being warned to watch out for a new computer hacking scheme using fake funeral notices.

Scammers 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.

The 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 noticesTrue 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.

It tricks grieving families to click on a link supposedly offering more information about the upcoming celebration of your friends life service, the FTC said.

However, the link directs to a foreign domain which automatically downloads malicious software, which includes viruses and spyware, to a computer without the users 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 homeSick 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

Malware 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 webcam.

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."