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Ebola scams spreading online

Ebola scams spreading online

There's a nasty Ebola virus spreading by email, but this one targets your computer to make it very sick.

One email that claims to be from the World Health Organization includes a dangerous malware file that is labeled as Ebola safety tips. Do not fall for this scam.

According to the New York Times, when the file is opened, it installs a virus on the user's computer that evades anti-virus protections.

The program can do everything from grab shots off the victim’s webcam, record sounds from their computer’s microphone, take control of their desktop remotely, modify and upload files and steal passwords.

There's also a new version that claims to be from the Mexican government with an urgent update about the state of the Ebola outbreak in Mexico. I'll repeat: Do not open that email, either.

Technology security company Trustwave reports that copycat Ebola-themed emails are spreading as well.

The emails, which contain subject lines like “You won’t believe what Obamacare & Ebola have in common” and “First GMO foods, now Ebola. What Obama doesn’t want you to know” are not as malicious as those purporting to be from the World Health Organization or Mexican government, but a nuisance nevertheless.

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