Big Game Scores Big For Scammers

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Robert Siciliano

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Internet criminals follow a similar editorial calendar as newspaper and magazine editors, coordinating their attacks around holidays, and the change in seasons. They further capitalize on significant events and natural disasters.

On Super Sunday weekend much of the scamming taking place is designed to separate the public from their money using the Big Game as the lure. People are seeking information on the Game and are being tackled by criminals who steal the ball.

The promise of cheerleader-filled videos along with downloadable player pictures or even Big Game memorabilia will dominate the scamverse.

Don’t get taken:

Ticket scams abound: Auction sites and Craigslist are ground zero for Scammers who buy up a few expensive tickets and, because many tickets are printed at home, the scammer just makes copies and resells the fakes to desperate buyers online or at the game.

Social media scamming: Bad guys who pose as legitimate individuals or businesses offering up Super Sunday media and post infected links that will infect the victim’s PC or network with a virus that gives hackers backdoor access.

Search poisoning: Scammers lure victims to their scam sites via search engines. When a website is created and uploaded to a server, search engines index the scam sites as they would any legitimate site. Doing a Google search can sometimes lead you to a website designed to steal your identity.

Zombie PCs: A botnet is a group of Internet-connected zombie personal computers that have been infected by a malicious application, which allows a hacker to control the infected computers without alerting the computer owners.

Scott Waddell, Vice President of Technology at iovation states, “Criminals will lure Internet users to malicious sites where malware can compromise their computers, making their systems ‘zombies’ in a global botnet. Identity data on these systems can be stolen and remote fraudsters can monitor the systems to compromise online accounts.”

Solutions like iovation’s ReputationManager 360 can identify fraudulent use of stolen accounts through geolocation rules, velocity indicators associated with identity thieves trying to quickly leverage stolen credentials, and the shared reputation view across more than 2,000 fraud fighting professionals strengthening the system every day.

Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert contributor to iovation, discusses another data breach on Fox News. Disclosures

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