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Be aware of ‘Steve Jobs Alive’ spam

October 18, 2011
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News about the death of Steve Jobs is being exploited by cyber-criminals who are sending spam emails associated with this incident. The spam email may carry one of the following subjects:
– Steve Jobs: Not Dead Yet.
– Is Steve Jobs Really Dead?
– Steve Jobs Alive!
– Steve Jobs Not Dead.

If you have received one of these messages, you are advised not to click on any link or download any attachment that comes with the message as these may just lead you to a malicious or fraudulent website that distributes the Trojan Downloader. Furthermore, you could potentially download or install similar files and programs that could compromise the security of your computer.

These trojans not only let an attacker install other malware, but also track user’s browsing habits and rip them off by installing rogueware like Personal Shield Pro, Total Security etc. These scams have also been helping the attackers to use the victim’s PC as another node for further spreading of these scam emails.

We must warn users that all news informing them that the famous Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs is alive are fake, so please ignore such messages.

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