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Nimble spammers exploit Boston bombings, Texas disaster

John P. Mello Jr. | April 22, 2013
Junk mail gang spreading botware by tapping interest in American calamities

"Spammers and malware criminals are very resourceful, and there are lots and lots of exploits and vulnerabilities that they use," she said.

Botezatu explained that the Boston spam pushes malware to machines that scans them for multiple vulnerabilities to exploit.

"They're very focused," she added, "They want to infect many machines."

Security experts warn users not to open links in suspicious emails to avoid being snared in traps set by spammers like those exploiting the news events in Boston and Texas.

"People know, for the most part, not to do that," Troy Gill, a senior security analyst with AppRiver in Gulf Breeze, Fla. said in an interview. "But sometimes, I think, our emotions get the better of us, and these are certainly emotional stories."


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