Symantec advises caution as iPad launches to fanfare & cyber attacks Internet
iPad´s domination of the news agenda has provided a golden opportunity for cybercriminals to target consumers hungry for more information on Apple´s new creation, warns Symantec.
As soon as the announcement was
made, Symantec observed that related search terms had become targets for
Blackhat SEO attacks and phishing attacks.
The excitement over the iPad
has been building for months so it´s only to be expected that its announcement
would spark a huge spike in search traffic relating to certain terms.
This is just the kind of
opportunity fraudsters like to exploit by poisoning search terms, and Symantec
is also expecting to see iPad-related spam and phishing attacks hitting
consumers hard over the coming weeks.
Symantec´s tips to avoid iPad pain:
Avoid clicking on suspicious links
in e-mail or IM messages as these may be links to spoofed Web sites
Type Web addresses directly into the browser rather than clicking on
links within messages.
Go through authorised and known suppliers or
information sources. If an email offer looks too good
to be true, it probably is.
Make sure that your operating system is up-to-date with the latest updates, and
employ a comprehensive security suite