Less than 72 hours after Monday’s awful events at Virginia Tech, attackers are already attempting to lure web users to malicious websites by claiming to have the latest details on the massacre.
It’s the modern day equivalent of grocery stores jacking up the price of water after a hurricane, except that it also takes advantage of individuals’ better instincts: the thirst for more information and the willingness to help others.
To add to the bad news, there are more than a handful of these scammers out there. Early this morning, the SANS Internet Storm Center had a list of more than 450 suspect domain names and asked other web watchdogs for help.
It’s important to note that not all of the websites are malicious, but some certainly are.
The organization, along with researchers at Sophos, has also spotted spam emails claiming to have cell phone video footage of the shootings. The emails actually contain malware downloads.