Beware Of The Olympic Spam Epidemic

As the Beijing games kick into high gear, Internet watchdogs are warning against a rise in Olympic spam. SANS Storm Center, an organization dedicated to monitoring and analyzing spam attacks and computer virus threats, says computer users can expect to receive spam emails with Olympics-themed subject lines and text encouraging readers to click external links where they can be asked to give out their personal information or hit with malware.

There’s already been one high profile incident of Olympic spam involving news update emails purporting to be from CNN that actually led to fake codec updates packed with a nasty Trojan. Personally, I don’t fall for any spam schemes that don’t promise nude pictures of Hollywood starlets, but all you sports fans out there should be on guard when perusing your inbox this week.

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