Scammers cash in on Chinese earthquake disaster

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Last week’s earthquake in South West China  has resulted in an official death toll of over 40,000, with many other people still missing. The scale of the tragedy and its huge impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people is impossible to comprehend.

Sadly, internet scammers and cybercriminals stalk death closely and seem to have no compassion as they quickly try to take advantage of a huge disaster.  In the past we have seen hackers, phishers and 419 scammers exploit tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech massacre, the…

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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.

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