Shocking Winehouse Death Videos Linked to Scams

2011-07-25T15:27:00
ID SHOCKING-WINEHOUSE-DEATH-VIDEOS-LINKED-SCAMS-072511/75468
Type threatpost
Reporter Brian Donohue
Modified 2013-04-17T20:07:23

Description

Scammers wasted little time generating campaigns to exploit the untimely death of troubled pop-diva, Amy Winehouse.

Anti malware experts have identified at least five separate scams attempting to exploit the event, promising videos of Winehouse shortly before her death.The scams include Facebook like-jacking and survey scams that promise “shocking videos” of the pop-diva in the days and hours before her death. Facebook users who reply to the posts are directed to pay-per-click surveys which then spam messages out to their Facebook friends.

Related Posts

Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint over WhatsApp Data Sharing with Facebook

August 30, 2016 , 12:23 pm

Researchers Go Inside a Business Email Compromise Scam

August 4, 2016 , 10:00 am

LastPass Patches Ormandy Remote Compromise Flaw

July 28, 2016 , 8:58 am

The singer’s death also prompted a run on Amy Winehouse related websites, many of which were hurriedly registered the day after her death.

These scams mirror similar ones in recent months that followed the death of international starlet, Elizabeth Taylor, the Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster, and tempted users with nonexistent pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden.

It has been widely speculated that the singer’s death is the result of an overdose, given Winehouse’s well-documented and public struggle with drug-addiction. However, the autopsy and toxicology reports that may confirm these suspicions aren’t due out until sometime this afternoon, according to a CBSNews report.