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Nastygram: CDC 'swine flu' vaccine scam


E-mail scam artists are impersonating the Centers for Disease Control with a bogus e-mail that claims to offer information about a state-run vaccination program for the H1N1 "Swine Flu" contagion. This highly topical and plausible e-mail message directs recipients to a fake CDC Web site that tries to foist malicious software.

Recipients who fall for the ruse and click the link are brought to a counterfeit CDC site that showcases a "Personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile" as an electronic document that supposedly contains the reader's name, contact details and medical data. Visitors are instructed to download their profile, which according to multiple sources is a malicious program (almost certainly a password stealer) that is hard to detect by the vast majority of anti-virus products on the market today.


By Brian Krebs  |  December 1, 2009; 6:55 PM ET
Categories:  Nastygram , Safety Tips  | Tags: cdc  
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This e-mail actually got through our corporate firewall this morning. (I work for a multihospital system, which made it seem even MORE plausible.) But then I started thinking, "What the hell business is it of CDC whether any given individual gets vaccinated or not?" So even if it is legitimate, it is too Big-Brotherish for my taste.

Good tip.

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | December 1, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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