Researchers with Sophos recently spotted a scam which aims to con users out of hundreds of dollars by tricking them into purchasing a Google Glass headset that they'll never get.
The scam is one of an increasingly common series of malware, phishing and fraud operations which play on the public lust for news and product information. We've seen it before on everything from the iPhone to the London Olympics. Cybercriminals will prey on anything that is drawing public interest, and they will use social engineering and search engine optimisation tactics to get their pages high on search results.
So, is there a technology to combat this? Is there a system which can deliver news without the danger of running afoul of an attack site? It turns out that there is, and it's a technology that is hurting for users in the worst way.
RSS feeds offer a safe and convenient way to find the latest news and information without the risk of attack in most circumstances. Users can subscribe to feeds from their favourite sites and get a constantly-updated list with the latest headlines. This will allow users to get information from trusted sources and, unless the sites themselves are compromised you will not have to worry about any attack.
Unfortunately, RSS is also threatening to go the way of the CD-ROM and dial-up modems. Users are abandoning their readers and Google recently said that it would give up work on its Reader brand.
Perhaps, however, RSS readers can get new life as trusted sources of news for end users and the security-conscious.
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