Election Season Spawns Scams

Dirty tricks during political campaigns are nothing new, but the Internet and the proliferation of mobile devices have allowed tricksters to up their games a notch. It came to light last week, for example, that Donald Trump’s campaign app was hoovering the address books on his supporters’ phones.

“Users do not pay much attention to what apps are asking for,” said Slawek Ligier, vice president for security engineering at Barracuda Networks.

“They’re used to being asked for three, four, five permissions before they can use something, so the majority of users just click OK so they can get on with their lives,” he told TechNewsWorld. As a result, “apps have a tendency to ask for way more permissions than they really need to provide the service that they’re built for.”

Information-hungry apps aren’t the only tech tools targeting the body politic during election years. There typically are a number of scams that accompany events dominating the news.

In the current cycle, scammers are using Donald Trump’s name to attract people to “get rich while working at home” schemes, Ligier noted. Those scams usually seek to enlist people to be “money mules” for online bandits outside the U.S.

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