Scammers Taking Advantage of Prince’s Death – What to Watch out for


Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix of his hits like “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette”.

Similar to the situation after the death of Robin Williams, social engineers and hackers are going to attempt to exploit this emotional event. Spoofed links claiming to direct to videos of Prince’s last words and other content fakes are being pushed out to content networks, straight to targets via email, and various other methods.

Let the users on your business network know about the potential threat and tell them to think before they click. If they don’t know what to look for or how to defend themselves, you may end up with workstations on your network infected with ransomware or other kinds of malware.

Keeping up with events, scams, and threats like these is exhausting – and only a small percentage of the actual social engineering threats that your business faces are widespread scams like these. The best way to protect your business isn’t to chase the information by yourself, the best way to protect your business is to empower your employees with the skills to spot and avoid social engineering tactics. Liberty Technology can help you with our “Securing the Human” person-centric security training.

Call Liberty Technology at 770 229 9424 and ask how you can get a no-hassle email security audit to find out how safe your business really is.


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