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Watch your data, even in mourning

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TMZ and Entertainment Weekly aren't the only ones gaining returns on the sad death of Michael Jackson: spammers have been quick to exploit the King of Pop, according to reports from the UK's Register.

Within 8 hours, said the Register article, a spam campaign popped up in in-boxes, claiming to offer more details on Jackson's death. This particular campaign didn't any fishy-looking links or other tell-tale signs of spammery. Instead, it was able to harvest e-mail addresses if replied to.

The latest round of MJ spam offers "previously unreleased" photos and videos, which, if clicked on, drive viewers to a Trojan Downloader.

As we remember and mourn the global pop star, many of us are looking for a little extra Michael Jackson material today. Just remember that spammers heard the news, too, and are willing to use it to grab your info.
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