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Zombie bots are coming to steal Valentine’s Day hearts

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, which means if you were in charge of planning the celebration, it’s probably best you take care of that very, very soon.

Maybe you’ll go to a nice dinner before taking in a movie. Or, you and your partner will just make time for each other during the middle of the week.

But not everyone will be celebrating with someone they love. Some may not even have anyone they can tolerate. There’s nothing wrong with that; however, those folks will need to be a bit more aware if they spend Valentine’s Day online.

Don’t let Valentine’s Day loneliness make you a cyber victim

If you plan on staying home Wednesday, it is important to be mindful of spammers who will try to take advantage of people who are not out and about.

IBM is warning folks that a network of about 6 million “zombie bots” will be unleashed in honor of Valentine’s Day. The bots will be designed to entice you into clicking a bad link, send revealing photos or otherwise try and scam you out of something. In some cases, they may also leave your computer with annoying malware.

While there is no sure-fire way to avoid becoming prey to a zombie bot, IBM warns that poor grammar, inconsistent email addresses and an unexpected come-on in your inbox are telltale signs that something is amiss.

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