Be Prepared – Japan Earthquake, Tsunami Spam, And Malware, On The Way

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Experts Warn Of Japan Earthquake, Tsunami Spam

As the Pacific Rim braces for deadly Tsunami’s spawned by today’s magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan, the SANS Internet Storm Center says users should be on the lookout for a different kind of Tsunami: scam e-mail and Web pages looking to turn curiosity about the events in Japan into illicit gain.

The Internet Storm Center (ISC) issued a warning on its Web page Friday morning warning reader to expect “emails (sp) scams and malware circulating regarding the recent Japanese earthquake.”Examples of Tsunami-related spam have already shown up in spam filters, according to the Web site spamwarnings.com.

You can read more at Kaspersky’s ThreatPost here.

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10 responses to “Be Prepared – Japan Earthquake, Tsunami Spam, And Malware, On The Way

  1. kenneth lunkins

    i would have never though that someone would capitalize on an event like this, but the haters are waiting for any chance they can get. they
    make it hard when a person wants to give a helping hand, they have to watch out to make sure the hand doesn’t sock them in the jaw.

  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    People who try to capitalize on someone else’s misery are scum. Put them in jail and allow them to rot there.
    Cheers
    Mal

    • Hey Mal,

      Agreed. I can’t imagine the twisted though process of those who feed off traumatic events. I’m sure they’ll occupy a lower level in hell.

      Best,

      Bill

  3. Siam

    Hi Bill. A timely reminder to tell my mother to be careful. She has a huge heart and without fail always digs deep when things like this happen. Unfortunately she just doesn’t seem to get that not all requests for donations are legitimate. She takes it on face value that all people have good intentions. Which is nice – lovely, in fact – but woefully misguided about the inherent goodness of all humans.

    She once got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Leukemia Foundation asking her to make a donation. She was more than happy to – and blindly gave her credit card details over the phone to someone she didn’t know, whose credentials were unknown. End result – credit card exploited.

    Ditto someone ringing her to ask her to take part in some charity survey that involved asking her to go outside the house for a few minutes to do check something or other (yes, weird – and yes, only my mother would do this unquestioningly) … problem was, they were thieves who used the opportunity of her going out the front door to enter the house. She is a worry. Kindhearted and infinitely trusting souls such as her are ripe for the picking, sadly. And it causes us, her kids, much worry. So now I will warn her to only donate through proper authorized channels. And I will try not to worry in the interim …

  4. Daena

    Speaking of which… I just got an email from “myself”, so it seems, and I checked the headers of the email and thee IP address of the email originated from Tokyo, Japan of all things! Anyone know who to stop this? This is my 2nd one in two days now and it’s getting me a little worried.

    • Hi Daena,

      This type of thing is so common, I’m surprised that this is your first exposure. On average, I get 3/4 every day.

      You shouldn’t worry unduly, since it indicates nothing more than you are on a spam email list – as is virtually everyone who uses the Internet. If you feel particularly uncomfortable you should consider changing your password.

      As for stopping this – I’m afraid you’ll find that’s not possible. The reality is – it’s just too easy for spammers to forge email headers.

      Best,

      Bill