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Don't fall victim to Ebola malware spam emails

Ebola isn't just a health issue overseas - it's now a concern in the U.S. Several people have been infected by the disease here already, and it's important that you know what to do to keep yourself safe. That's why you might welcome an email from the World Health Organization that says it's full of Ebola prevention tips. Not so fast. There's a fake email going around that claims to be from the WHO, but could actually install malware to give hackers control of your computer.

Cybercriminals are using the current Ebola outbreak as a topical hook for spam emails that can install malware giving them remote access to computers, including logging key presses, capturing video from webcams and stealing passwords.

Don't panic. The spam emails aren't widespread yet. The emails were discovered by a team at the online security company Trustwave. The emails claim to have Ebola "prevention" techniques listed in an attached file. But, the attachment will actually install a harmful remote access Trojan virus called DarkNet.

Whenever there's a public crisis, lowlifes will try to take advantage of it for their own benefit. It's sad but true. Remember the companies selling fake Ebola cures that I told you about last week? You have to prepare yourself to separate real information from scams to keep your information safe.

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