LinkedIn users being attacked by phishing email

According to several websites, phishing emails are circulating that appear to come from LinkedIn. The emails appear to be an invitation reminder about an outstanding request to connect, but the links provided in the email do not take you to your waiting connection’s request.

The hyperlink takes you to a webpage that installs a variant of the ZBot malware (also known as Zeus) onto your computer. Once the malware is downloaded, you run the risk of remote hackers compromising your computer and potentially stealing your confidential data.

To stay safe on LinkedIn:

• Delete suspicious emails immediately.

• Do not click on any links or download attachments in suspicious emails. These links and attachments can expose your computer to spyware, malware and other viruses.

• Make sure you protect your computer with good quality, anti-virus software and scan your computer for viruses frequently.

• Be careful how much personal information you share online because you do not know who is reading it and what their intentions may be.

• Use the website’s privacy settings to control who is able to see the information you post online.

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