To celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest entertainers of our time, fans around the world will once again be searching for their favorite Michael Jackson song and paying tribute to the King of Pop as we approach his one-year death anniversary.
After the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, we started witnessing new spam campaigns that took advantage of the pop star legend's unforeseen death. It was just hours after the death of Michael Jackson that we started getting reports from computer users of emails received that claimed to have information regarding MJ's passing which were discovered to be spam messages.
Spam messages come in all forms. Every time a world event or popular news story hits the internet or media, be assured that hackers will abuse the subject to spread malware and send spam messages. Before you rely on spam filters as the solution to your spam woes, be aware that spammers have found ways to bypass spam filters so there is virtually no sure way of avoiding these messages other than deleting them from your inbox.
It is rather common for spammers to gain your interest or spark your curiosity by sending an email message that is related to a popular news story. At the time of Michael Jackson's death last year, it was the most popular news story in months even overshadowing the death of Farrah Fawcett. We suspect that during the one-year death anniversary of Michael Jackson that we will see new spam campaigns launched as fans once-again celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most famous and popular entertainers in our lifetime.
What will one-year death anniversary of Michael Jackson spam messages look like?
Although we have not had a multitude of verified one-year death anniversary of Michael Jackson spam messages reported to us as of yet, we suspect that the messages may be related to the King of Pop's family, TV program celebrations, Dr. Conrad Murray or any other related news-worthy story that spammers can conjure up. The messages will more than likely include a malicious link or an attachment that installs malware or redirects computer users to an unwanted site. Either way, the spam messages will be related to some type of bogus claim or even something related to the celebration events that may be happening around the world to pay tribute to the King of Pop.
Did you get any spam emails related to Michael Jackson's death last year? If so, did your system become infected with a parasite or did you delete the spam message?