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Criminals kick off Japanese disaster scams at record speed

Use news of earthquake, tsunami to solicit donations, trick users into downloading fake AV software, say experts
Criminals have jumped on Japan's twin earthquake and tsunami disasters at record speed, security experts said today.

Scams range from links to fake anti-virus downloads and phony donation sites to classic online swindles that rely on greed.

"What's surprising this time is how quickly they picked up on the news," said Chet Wisniewski, a security researcher with U.K.-based Sophos. "We knew [scams] were coming, but they started appearing in record-breaking time, less than three hours after the earthquake."

Facebook has been used by cyber-crooks to collect information when users click on a link posing as CNN video footage of the tsunami that struck the eastern cost of Japan Friday, said Sophos in a blog post Sunday.



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