The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued an alert advising users to be aware of possible malicious activity that seeks to capitalize on recent tragedies such as the Texas school shooting. Criminals often use events like this to play on public sympathies and solicit donations to fraudulent “charitable” organizations. Regardless of the direct financial outcome, these scams can result in the criminals capturing contact information, login credentials, and a malware infection on the PC or mobile phone.
We have observed dozens of attacks pop-up around tragedies and other sad events. Earthquakes, tsunamis, the Boston Marathon bombing, and even the death of Robin Williams have all been used by cybercriminals. And they don't limit themselves to tragedies: major political news, holidays, and economic concerns are all on the table. It's a sick reality that these criminals will use everything they can and do anything they like to make you a victim.
Christine Barry is chief blogger and social content manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.