Hackers take advantage of Ebola-related fundraising

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Companies like Facebook, Google and YouTube have been taking a proactive approach to help fight the Ebola virus that has taken countless lives in Africa.  When visiting these sites, you may notice that these companies are asking users to donate to finding a cure for the Ebola virus. Hackers in turn are also recognizing the opportunity to capitalize on the new trending topic.


With the fear of the Ebola virus making its way to the States, it’s not surprising that many folks are raising awareness and are now trying to educate themselves on the virus.


Also not surprising are websites popping up asking for donations to find the cure. It is important to be sure when donating, that you are donating to a reputable site. Hackers love to start crowd funding sites similar to this one – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-help-others–1169 – which has since been taken down, to steal user information and credit card numbers.


The goal for hackers is to dupe a person and have them start sharing the link via emails and social media.  It’s easy for hackers to test whether or not they can use this approach going forward in future attacks.


The idea of donating to help find a cure is great, however you should make sure that you are doing so in the appropriate forums. Never click on links sent to you via email or shared links on social media. If you plan on donating to find a cure do research on reputable sites and go to them directly. 


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