WASHINGTON (4/30/13)--The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning that individuals may be using the Boston Marathon bombing to generate fraud through e-mails and social networking sites or to gain access to computers through malicious software.
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center says a spam e-mail with the subject line "Boston Marathon Explosion" and similar messages attempt to lure potential victims to malicious software or websites that trick the victim into taking actions that put their computer at risk for infection. Some links go to compromised websites and pop-up messages that prompt users to download software to view pictures, videos or other files.
Criminals also have taken to social media to solicit donations. One account on a popular social media service used the Boston Marathon name and official logo created after the April 15 explosions and said it would donate $1 to victims for every communication sent to the account. The account was suspended, but others may crop up, said the FBI.
The FBI also pointed out a number of "questionable domains" were registered within hours of the explosions. Their intent is unknown, but the agency said unknown domains for fraudulent purposes typically emerge after disasters to gain victims' personal identification information.
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