Malware and spam developers understand that the easiest way to lure a user into clicking on a link, opening a file attachment, or reading a message is to target hot topics that those users are already interested in and discussing around the proverbial water cooler. AppRiver, a provider of e-mail and Web security solutions, has compiled a report based on the first half of 2010 analyzing the current threat
from malware and spam, and highlighting the opportunistic nature of the attacks
In general, people are good. They want to contribute, and offer support in a crisis to help their fellow man. Sadly--and ironically--nobody understands the altruism and caring of the population better than the minority that would rather exploit it and capitalize on events for a quick profit.
One of the easiest targets for spam and malware is natural disasters. When events like the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, or the massive volcano eruption in Iceland capture the headlines, people are curious about the details and anxious to offer support in any way they can. In the wake of such disasters, users are very likely to click on and respond to invitations that seem even remotely legitimate.