Thursday, June 20, 2024

Cyber threats making the rounds this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day represents one of the big shopping periods of the year, but online shoppers are cautioned not to be fooled by various promos as both online retailers and spammers take steps to attract and convert shoppers.

This year, Internet security firm Symantec said it has observed that Valentine?s Day spam messages offer unbelievable discounts on jewelry, dining opportunities, and expensive gifts to shoppers.

The top word combinations used in spam messages include: Find-Your-Valentine; eCards-for-Valentine; Valentine?s-Day-Flowers.

An e-card spam message is also making the rounds with a malicious attachment called After opening the attachment, malware is downloaded on to the user’s computer.

Symantec said it detected the attachment as Backdoor.Trojan whose primary functionality is to enable a remote attacker to have access to or send commands to a compromised computer.


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