Posted by: David Harley | March 12, 2011

Earthquake/Tsunami (Anti-)Scam Resources

[Update 2: an initiative by Bing that I don’t feel I can leave off this page, but can’t feel comfortable with either, as explained in a subsequent blog at http://wp.me/pOMVc-7M.]

[Update: further commentary at ESET on Disaster Scams and Resources, in response to Phil Muncaster’s post at http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2033668/google-twitter-facebook-step-help-japan-earthquake-survivors?WT.rss_f=Phil+Muncaster+-+V3.co.uk&WT.rss_a=Google%2C+Twitter+and+Facebook+step+up+to+help+Japan+earthquake+survivors&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter. A useful post, but I felt obliged to point out that Twitter and Facebook, though useful secondary messaging media, are also easily abused in this context.]

I’ve already blogged at ESET on the inevitability of the Japanese earthquake and consequent tsunamis as a hook for BHSEO (Black Hat Search Engine Optimization), in order to lure people searching for more news onto site pushing fake AV and other unpleasant criminal backscatter.

 Here are some further resources addressing some of the maggots that crawl out and feed off the misery of others whenever there is a high-profile disaster:

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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  2. […] has been collecting resources on Japan disaster scams and even more are listed in Earthquake/Tsunami (Anti-)Scam Resources by David Harley. David has already blogged at ESET on the inevitability of the Japanese earthquake […]


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