Scary Movies, Halloween Popular Topics for Cyber Miscreants

Hackers are taking advantage of popular Hollywood scary movies, such as “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Friday the 13th,” to implement blackhat SEO attacks that target unsuspecting web users through search results, according to PandaLabs.

In a blackhat SEO attack, cyber crooks place links to malicious sites in the search results for popular terms, such as latest horror flicks to arrive in theaters. Once users click on the link and access the site, they become vulnerable to infection by Trojans and other malware, which often come in the form of scareware or rogueware.

Halloween-themed phishing attacks were also a popular tactic among cyber criminals this recent holiday. In this case, crooks tried to lure users into disclosing personal data; purchasing fraudulent or illegal products; or simply clicking a link, which earns the crooks money through pay-per-click systems.

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