9/11 – Nothing Is Sacred to Scammers

Here in the UK we’ve seen quite a lot of media attention (TV movies and documentaries and so on) relating to the 9/11 attacks, so I’m sure there’s a lot more happening in the US, today of all days.

Sky News (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/September-11-Terror-Attacks-New-Video-Of-Plane-Crashing-Into-South-Tower-9-11-Memorial-And-Museum/Article/200909215379149) has published an article that includes a link to a video clip of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center, if you can bear to watch it again, but also includes some information and a link to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum  (http://www.national911memorial.org/site/PageServer?pagename=New_Home), which contains many examples of "citizen journalism" relating to the tragedy.

You may think this has more to do with national security than the sort of issue we deal with here, though the borders do get pretty fuzzy sometimes. However, it seems that, predictably enough, the fake AV crew have been doing some more index hijacking (http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/08/26/web-searches-and-dangerous-ladies; http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/09/06/fake-antimalware-old-dogs-new-tricks). Using Google and other search engines for information and reports about 9/11 is likely to generate results with a load of links leading to rogue antivirus-related sites.

Clearly, no topical report, however tragic  is exempt from the attentions of the criminal mind.

Thanks to Graham Cluley of Sophos and to Donna Buenaventura of Trend  for drawing my attention to this new malware attack.

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