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9 Scary Halloween Malware Tricks

It's that time of year again. Time for costumes, candy, ghosts, and malware. As with almost every holiday, Internet scammers are preparing their bag of tricks, ready to take advantage of all that Halloween excitement. Here are a few scams to avoid so as not to get spooked.

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Dancing Skeletons

2007 was a year famous for all sorts of Halloween phishing tricks. Perhaps the most notorious was the Storm Trojan spam attack. The e-mail message lured Halloween lovers to a Web site where they could download an application that created the image of a dancing skeleton onto their desktop. However, while users might have been treated to a dancing skeleton, they also will be tricked into downloading malware. The Halloween.exe is part of a malicious botnet that allows remote attackers to take control of their computers and get a hold of their personal information. Some of the telltale subject lines were:

  • 'For people with a sense of humor only'
  • 'Halloween Fun'
  • 'Happy Halloween'
  • 'If your in your office, keep the speakers low, lol'
  • 'Nothing is funnier this Halloween'
  • 'Party on this Halloween'
  • 'The most amazing dancing skeleton'
  • 'This will make you laugh'
  • 'You'll laugh your but off'

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