Cyber criminals become hyper active during festivals. Diwali is no exception. Shantanu Ghosh, Vice-President and Managing Director (India Product Operations) of Internet security solutions company Symantec has observed that malware authors and spammers are using Diwali (The festival of lights that's celebrated across the world (primarily in the Indian sub-continent) as the latest event to lure unsuspecting users into downloading malware, buying products, and falling for scams.
Shantanu said cyber criminals attempt to 'poison' web search engine results to take advantage of huge rush in search activity during popular events. "We have observed that cyber attackers are using various techniques to make the most of Diwali," he warned.
Cyber-attackers make use of social engineering tactics to lure users to purchase from or register on unknown websites. Users may be exposing personal information to Internet scammers.
"Before giving into the temptation of clicking on a link in an email, check whether it is an unsolicited email offer and whether it is this website authentic. You can safely ignore such mails that ask for unnecessary personal information such as passwords or pin numbers," He said.
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