Swine Flu Everywhere, Even on Your Spam Email

By Shiloh Pettyjohn in Spam Messages, Subject Lines on

News about the swine flu is definitely everywhere.  Can’t turn on the TV or read your news feed without seeing something about it.

Of course, this means all those spammers who use current events (of which many of them do) are sending out lots of email with something about swine fu in he subject line.

In this case there have been warnings sent around that some of these emails actually contain malware.  Malware comes from the words MALicious and softWARE, which is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner’s informed consent.

Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, crimeware and other malicious and unwanted software.

With all of wanting to know about the latest news about the swine flu you may open an email that looks like it has news.  DON’T.

If you think there is some new information, you should go to CNN, MSNBC or wherever you get your online news to find out the latest.

If you have already opened an email like that you should have your computer checked for possible malware.  Update and run your virus program (Kaspersky, Norton, Panda, McAfee, etc.) and then your spyware program (like Spybot).

If this spam is getting through your filter, you also need to set up a new filter that will stop the spam from even getting to you, like ours.