Security researchers have a tendency to never underestimate the heartlessness of humanity. Following the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti, that has left significant portions of the country in ruins and caused widespread suffering, cyber criminals are set to exploit the disaster with a variety of scams.
A number of websites have already been established about the disaster. While no malicious websites have been detected, security researchers at the SANS Institute believe that cyber criminals will use the disaster to set up false sites to conduct phishing attacks, according to an article on SCMagazineUS.com.
Cyber criminals can exploit the disaster in a variety of ways to propogate malicious software and for phishing attacks. Creating false donation websites would allow cyber criminals to harvest personal and financial information from un-suspecting users. Additionally, false video or photo links could also prompt the download of malicious software onto a victim’s machine.
In order to protect against these threats, potential donors should only use charities that they know and trust. Additionally, users should not download videos that require a user to download an additional plug-in to view the material, as the plug-in may contain malware.