The news of the death of Elizabeth Taylor is already being used in social engineering scams on Twitter.
Here is an example of one I saw this morning:
Bit.ly statistics show the same short URL has been recycled since November 2010 for different on-click fraud campaigns (pay per traffic) related to the same affiliate program.
People from 48 different countries clicked on it and here are some stats:
- Cyber criminals don’t care about morals and ethics. Money is money for them and topics like celebrity deaths, natural disasters and other critical situations have been used without any regret.
- If you’re not infected by malware, that doesn’t mean you cannot be a victim. Cyber criminals can still make money from your clicks on these social engineering campaigns.
- The losses from cybercrime are growing year to year. These statistics from the FBI is further confirmation http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/110224.aspx