The campaign, entitled "Slam the Online Holiday Scam," (http://www.slamtheonlinescam.com) will educate consumers and small businesses on ways to combat the growing number of cyber-threats posed by hackers who spread viruses disguised as e-greeting cards, e-gift cards and online holiday messages. At the same time, the free software gives Internet users confidence to "click without the threat of a trick" and to send legitimate e-cards to family and friends over the holiday season.
An estimated 500 million e-cards are sent worldwide each year, with the
most popular holidays being Christmas,
The growing threat to consumers has prompted law-enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to issue formal alerts around holiday time. For example, the FBI last year warned consumers about expected attacks by hackers sending the "Storm Worm" virus disguised as Valentine e-cards.
"More than ever before, the general public must be on high alert for new
e-card threats and online holiday scams, which are increasing both in number
and severity," noted
"Slam the Online Holiday Scam" will be a multi-faceted program supported by a multi-organization coalition to educate the public on cyber threats. AVG is working to team with law-enforcement and consumer protection agencies, and a wide variety of organizations are expected to participate. Target groups include the National Crime Prevention Council, the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, CyberStreetSmart.org, i-Safe, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the National Consumers League, and Consumers Union.
The coalition partners will promote the program, as well as AVG's 90-day free use of its Internet Security product over the holiday season. The AVG software suite includes LinkScanner technology, which gives real-time protection against malicious sites. LinkScanner is an important weapon against deceitful e-cards as potential victims are stopped from clicking on bad links that contain stealthy, drive-by downloads.
Mr. Smith added, "Over 3.5 million of AVG's customers have come together to form one of the largest 'self-help' online communities on the Internet -- a community that actively exchanges ideas and whose members support each other with advice and troubleshooting. It is our hope that the 'Slam the Online Holiday Scam' campaign will effectively create a new community of computer users who are united against the specific threats posed by fraudulent e-greeting and e-gift cards."
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