Whitney Houston's Death Feasted On By Cybercriminals?
The news for the sudden demise of singer Whitney Houston spread like a wildfire on the Internet. The online community posted countless tweets on Twitter and wall posts on Facebook. And with the massive attention that Houston's death is generating, cybercriminals are once again taking advantage of the situation.
There's a report that on Facebook, someone posted on a wall with the subject: "I cried watching this video. RIP Whitney Houston". The post apparently comes with a link to a video. However, clicking the said link will just lead to several other redirections leading Facebook users to a scam site survey.
The same report also claims that on Twitter, tweets were found with malicious links that also took advantage of the tag "RIP Whitney Houston". The said tweets contain a link supposedly dedicated to a Whitney Houston blog, and when users click on it, they are automatically redirected to another website that features several Whitney Houston wallpapers that users can download. However, once the users decide to download the wallpaper, a pop-up window appears again asking users to download the Whitney Houston ringtones, and then redirects users again to a survey site that asks for their mobile numbers.
Clicking on celebrity-related news and clicking on fake financial news alerts seem to be the trend that cybercriminals want people to do, and social network sites are no exception for unscrupulous elements to try to use links as baits into tricking users to divulge their personal informations on the Web. It's best to always use common sense and use reliable and trusted sites like CNN and Technorati for news instead.
In today's world, being safe online is no longer an option, but it is now a requirement in order for people to surf the Internet more safely and more securely.