Just hours after the death of Steve Jobs had been announced, scammers had already set up a page on Facebook and attracted hundreds of 'likes' and comments.
The page claims that free iPads were being given away as a tribute to the Apple co-founder, according to the security firm Sophos. Clicking on the link doesn’t seem to do anything malicious to your computer but it will take people to a link asking them to fill out a survey.
In his blog, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, explained how the scammers make money:
“… They are earning affiliate cash - in a nutshell, they make more money the more traffic they can direct to websites, driving more people to become customers, or take online surveys and competitions.”
“Cynically, they exploited the death of Steve Jobs in the hope of driving large numbers of Internet users to websites offering content such as contests, surveys and online gambling.”
Cluley goes on to explain the possible security implications of using such links:
“The fact is, of course, that they could just as easily have taken those users to a web-page containing malicious code or a phishing page designed to steal credentials.”
Cluely also warns that Internet users are likely to see more scams as some try to exploit the death of Steve Jobs. Other Internet security firms are highlighting the same issue and Sophos state they have asked the Bit.ly short URL service to close the link down.
Similar scams have been shared via Facebook before including one that claimed to show a video of Amy Winehouse before she died; other news events have also been exploited including the death of Bin Laden and the Norway shootings.
Anyone who would like to pay a tribute to Steve Jobs can visit the official Apple website here