Geeks and sports don’t normally mix together. However, according to a recent USA Today’s Technology Live blog, sports fans and geeks alike are being targeted in a new SEO/malware scheme. Sports fans searching Google for “March Madness” related sites could have troubles ahead.
So how does this happen?
Why target “March Madness”?
Could this be the “Techie’s Revenge” against jocks for shoving them inside lockers back in high school? Maybe, but no. Cybercriminals are fully aware that hordes of people tend to search for “March Madness,” “Superbowl,” “Spring Break” or other types of keywords at specific times of the year, and take advantage of such sites during those periods, in hopes of infecting as many users as they possibly can.
What can you do to protect yourself?
Malware creators constantly adapt their exploits in order to outwit your antivirus and anti-spyware scanners. Even keeping up-to-date with the latest definitions for your protection software isn’t enough to defend against these outbreaks. Nope, this requires being careful about what you agree to when pop up messages appear on your screen. Make sure you’re not randomly approving installation of software on your PC without knowing what you are agreeing to. Most exploits can be stopped simply by not clicking on the pop-ups that install them.
In the mean time, several software protection companies have developed extra layers of protection to help thwart these specific exploits. For specific recommendations on extra layers of protection, chat up an Agent at your local Geek Squad location, or give us a call at 1 800 GEEK SQUAD. Be careful what you click on, folks — but don’t let that stop you from experiencing “March Madness.”