Symantec Security Response has discovered spam messages related to Hurricane Sandy. The typical spam attack urges people to donate money to help Sandy victims.
It is not unheard of that spammers exploit disasters; phishing and spam campaigns were carried out after the Haiti earthquake. Symantec anticipates that fake news, photos, Nigerian scams, phishing campaigns, and malicious video link attacks will be seen more frequently in the weeks to come. Symantec will be continuously updating its anti-spam filters to safeguard users from such emails.
Symantec has also advised Internet users to type website addresses directly into their Internet browser for any online videos instead of clicking on links within emails. Also, users should only reach out to the storm victims through legitimate and secure channels, rather than donating money or buying products through wire transfer services or similarly untraceable methods of payment.