Hotline.ie has released information which shows criminals are sending fake hotel booking confirmation e-mails containing malicious software which capture the users passwords and login details contained on their computer.
Currently, over 62% of Irish internet users book their holiday destinations and accommodation online, requiring key personal information and credit card details. 1,234,800 Irish people holidayed abroad from January – March 2012 this figure is expected to rise during the summer months, Paul Durrant, Manager, Hotline.ie said.
“Booking a holiday and hotel online is perfectly safe and secure. The cyber criminals can’t easily break into that so instead, they are attempting to trick you into believing their spam e-mail is a receipt for a booking you may have made. The spam emails are purely random but with so many booking holidays online at this time of year, the criminals have realised their spam will reach many people who have recently completed a legitimate holiday booking. Their objective is to infect your computer with a Trojan that can gather logons, passwords and credit card details. If you are in a hurry and don’t check that the email is actually from the booking service you used and you open the fake confirmation attachment, you now have their Trojan on your computer. We’re warning about this scam because very little can be done to stop it but once the public is aware, they can avoid falling into the trap,” he said.
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