Singles face their worst fear, to be alone once again for Valentine’s day. Whereas during the Christmas holidays you can still find some social solace being with the family, on Valentine’s day, being single sucks.
And if you are active on social media, even more so.
According to IBM, an especially aggressive robot network of some 6 million “zombie bots” will be loosened the week ahead of the February 14th celebration with a peak on the day itself.
Each time some gorgeous Russian girl, who just happens to be gorgeous and all alone for Valentine will be looking to entice a lovesick victim.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Valentine … but beware scammers!<br><br>IBM X-Force observed a massive uptick from the Necurs botnet focused on dating spam. The spam was sent from nearly 1M different IP addresses, mostly from Vietnam and India.<br><br>Read more on <a href="https://t.co/vgwGFLsoOv">https://t.co/vgwGFLsoOv</a> <a href="https://t.co/JahYXSdPGz">pic.twitter.com/JahYXSdPGz</a></p>— Pier Luigi Rotondo (@PGRotondo) <a href="https://twitter.com/PGRotondo/status/963051068073574403?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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X-Force, the IBM unit that searches out and tracks down cyber threats, said: “Preying on seasonal trends is probably the top characteristic of e-mail spam.”
“Those behind this campaign will likely lure their victims to share revealing photos and extort them, ask for money to come visit, or end up infecting them with malware.”
The IBM unit explained furthermore that many of the messages indicate that the recipient had a profile on Facebook or Badoo. Though most of the time spam messages are notoriously bad spelled, these were actually quite ok.
So if some pretty girl from Russia sends you a message on Wednesday, claiming that she’s looking for love, beware.