Malicious web links attaching themselves to the West, Texas tragedy are circulating the web
AUSTIN,Texas – April 22, 2013 – A week-long of tragedies can bring out the best in a community, but unfortunately it can also bring about those looking to take advantage of the situation. Better Business Bureau is warning the public to beware of phony solicitations and avoid clicking on suspicious web links in wake of the recent tragedies.
Shortly after the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, a link indicating “CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas,” began circulating the web. Clicking the link would take you to a video of the disaster, but another video window link would appear over the video. If clicked, the subsequent link would download malicious malware on to your computer.
Not long after the word of the Boston Marathon bombings, a charity scam popped up under a fake Twitter account asking account users to retweet information in exchange for a donation. That page was shutdown after users noticed it wasn’t legitimate.
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