Steve Jobs death exploited by Facebook scammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It’s impossible to express how sad many people in the technology world feel at the news of the death of Steve Jobs.

Sickeningly, as with the deaths of other figures in the public eye, there are scammers waiting to take advantage of bad news.

Here’s a scam we have seen on Facebook, claiming that free iPads are being given away “in memory of Steve Jobs”.

In memory of Steve, a company is giving out 50 ipads tonight. R.I.P. Steve Jobs [LINK]

The cool-sounding link sucks you in, tricking you into believing that you may get a free iPad but then goes on to get you to complete online surveys to “qualify”.

The link goes through the bit.ly short url service (we have asked our friends at bit.ly to shut the link down) and we can see that over 15,000 people have already clicked on the link which was set up within hours of Steve Jobs’s death first…

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.

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