Norton Cautions: Don’t Invite Online Bogeymen, Zombie Computers and Bewitching Scams Into Your Home

October 20, 2010

CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ —

               Halloween themed e-mails are being used to disguise online
               scams, often with the promise of fun, free and "too good to
               be true" offers of gifts and other spooky goodies. To date,
               Norton has witnessed e-mails advertising jackpots,
               sweepstakes, gift cards, e-cards, personalized gifts,
    WHAT/WHY:  online contests, and even free print products and costumes.

               As if ghosts, goblins and ghouls weren't scary enough, cyber
               criminals know that with Halloween coming up, people are
               looking for last minute tips to make that night extra
               special. By playing on people's natural curiosity, these
               scammers are able to trick people into clicking on spam,
               giving up access to their computers and allowing them to
               steal their personal information.

               Below are some of the subject lines being used in the latest
               spam messages:

              -- Subject:"xxxxx" Halloween Series Campaign Vol1
              -- Subject: Halloween Treat Bags, Home Decorations, and More
              -- Subject: Open this! $1 Million Prize
              -- Subject: Halloween Special! Up to 85% off ink and toner
              -- Subject: Halloween E-card - no cost
               --Subject: Low Price Sexy Halloween Costumes SALE !!! Free
               Shipping , Free Gift

               Norton expects these types of scams to increase in the next
               week as Halloween approaches.

               Norton experts are on-hand to share tips with users on how
               they can protect themselves from these and other online
    EXPERTS:   horrors, including:
               --Protect your computer from becoming a living zombie! - 73%
               of U.S. residents have been victims of cybercrime and the
               most common attacks are rooted from zombie "botnet" attacks.
               These attacks allow cybercriminals to take over your
               computer and use it to create spam or launch attacks on
               other computers - without you even knowing it! Use a
               reputable online security software to let you know when
               you're about to click on a toxic link.
               -- Watch out for e-mails and activity from beyond the
               grave! - Cybercriminals can hack into long-dormant e-mail
               and social network accounts from those who have died,
               sending spam and "poisoned" links, seemingly from six feet
               under. Contact the service provider or website to report
               these grave robbers.
               -- Perform at-home computer exorcisms! - Evict viruses,
               worms and Trojans from your possessed computer with Norton
               Power Eraser, a free tool.

               Go to our blog (http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/
               don-t-let-halloween-haunt-you) for more information and
    EXAMPLES:  to see examples of Halloween scams/spam

               Check out our "Guides to Scary Internet Stuff" - which
               present the horrors of online threats in easily-digestible,
               fun-to-watch videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/
    VIDEOS:    SymantecEduc

               Raw, localized data from 20 top U.S. cities highlighting what
               people are afraid of, the bad behaviors they admit to
    SURVEY     engaging in themselves, and the scary percentages of people
     DATA:     who have already been victimized by cybercrime

               Interviews with Norton security experts available upon
    WHEN:      request

    CONTACT:  Gerritt Hoekman
              Edelman for Norton


Source: newswire

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