Apr 29 2009
The online pond scum are at it again, using public concern about the recent Swine Flu outbreak to trick people into opening infected email attachments or into visiting malicious web sites. No doubt they will be attempting to game search engine results, too, although this will be a lot tougher to accomplish than it was during the big Conficker scare.
The usual cautions apply: Avoid unverified email attachments. The same goes for links in unsolicited emails. If you are researching swine flu online, look at search result links with a jaundiced eye. Better yet, go straight to one of the authoritative web sites and work from there. The World Health Organization’s Influenza A(H1N1) is a good starting point, as is a similar page maintained by the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control.
Be careful out there.