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Hurricane Sandy could cause big mess in cyber space too

posted onOctober 30, 2012
by l33tdawg

With Hurricane Sandy on a collision course with the Northeast, cyber crooks are likely to take advantage of the historic storm to make a quick buck or steal personal information from the unsuspecting.

Like with most major news events, users should be on the lookout for legitimate-looking scams that will use the hurricane's mainstream allure to dupe them.

"If the past repeats itself, Facebook postings, tweets, emails, and websites claiming to have exclusive video or pleading for donations for disaster relief efforts will appear shortly after the storm hits," security company Avast warned in a Monday blog post. "These messages often include malicious code that attempt to infect computers with viruses, spyware, or trojan horses."

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