LinkedIn users under attack by phishing email; avoid request to connect from strangers

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

LinkedIn has always been one of those safe places for B2B discussions and social media communications. Not anymore.

According to several websites, phishing emails are circulating that seem to come from LinkedIn. The emails seem to be an invitation reminder about an outstanding request to connect, but the links provided in the email do not take you to your waiting connection’s request.

The hyperlink takes you to a webpage that installs a variant of the ZBot malware (also known as Zeus) to your computer. Once the malware is downloaded, you run the risk of remote hackers compromising your computer and potentially stealing your confidential data.

To stay safe on LinkedIn:

  • Delete suspicious emails immediately.
  • Do not click on any links or download attachments in suspicious emails. These links and attachments can expose your computer to spyware, malware and other viruses.
  • Make sure you protect your computer with good quality, anti-virus software and scan your computer for viruses often.
  • Be careful how much personal information you share online because you do not know who is reading it and what their intentions may be.
  • Use the website’s privacy settings to control who is able to see the information you post online.

Get more details here!


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