Hackers exploit fires in California to spread malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Clu-blog readers who follow the news will probably be all too aware with the horrible situation in California where wildfires have been spreading, resulting in the death of two firefighters and thousands of properties being threatened with damage.

The fires are currently burning in various areas across California, with the largest fire (known as the “Station Fire”), burning just north of Los Angeles.

Sadly, hackers follow the headlines with just as much interest as the rest of us – but with more malice in mind.

In the last 24 hours SophosLabs has discovered a number of webpages deliberately constructed by cybercriminals with the intention of striking PCs belonging to computer users who search for information on the breaking news story.

By using search engine optimisation techniques,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.