Archive for April 23rd, 2012
Seriously, check out the size of this rat. It’s about the size of a dog.
Sergeant Christopher Brown, from Columbus, Ohio, was killed on April 3 by an insurgent bomb in Afghanistan, just a week into his fourth tour. But compounding the tragedy, says his widow, is the fact that she heard about the incident not through official military channels but via Facebook.
Ariell Taylor-Brown, who said she had been talking over Skype with her husband “literally hours before this happened” was at home, 11 weeks pregnant with the couple’s third child, when she received a message on Facebook from a woman in Brown’s platoon who said she should “call her immediately,” the Huffington Post reports.
Nubile Russian women, Nigerian money managers and overseas employers are all part of the top scams used by cybercriminals over the past 10 years, according to a report by PandaLabs.
These con jobs generally work the same way: Cybercriminals contact their victims through e-mail or on a social network. They then ask their “marks” to get back to them by e-mail, telephone or fax. Often, the scammers use the targets’ own greed to entrap them.
“As with all the classic scams that predate the Internet, many of the numerous users that fall for these tricks and lose their money are reticent to report the crime,” said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, said in a statement.