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Cybercrooks use interest in Texas plant explosion to attack computers

Cyber thieves are taken advantage of the publics' interest in current events to install malware on computers. Source: WBRC video Cyber thieves are taken advantage of the publics' interest in current events to install malware on computers. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Another round of cyber attacks to beware of on your personal computer.

FOX6 told you Wednesday that cyber criminals were sending out emails with malware in video of the Boston Marathon bombings. The latest cyber attack has expanded to include the explosion at a west Texas fertilizer plant late Wednesday night.

"The spammers diversified the message of just focusing on the Boston explosion. Now they have added a line referring to the Texas explosion," Gary Warner, UAB's Director of Research in Computer Research, said.

Warner has been working with authorities tracking the spammers in efforts to shut them down. The crooks' goal is to download a hidden program to personal computers which in turn could cause the computer to be controlled to send out future spam. There is also another group which seeks to add a financial crime program to your computer.

"This has more than 500 banking websites that is going to spy on your website and if you visit any of those websites it going to record everything while you are there," Warner said.

That means getting passwords and other private information. This comes as a shock to many home computer users.

"That is shocking the world would come to this. You can't do anything on your computer or anything," Angela McCombs said.

Its an old story but it remains true. If you get an email with a link on it and you are not sure where it came from, delete it. For more information, visit Warner's blog at garwarner.blogspot.com

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