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February 10, 2010

Apples New Tablet Computer

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Apples New Tablet Computer

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs recently revealed the company's latest device, a touchscreen tablet computer called the iPad.

The iPad, which resembles an oversized iPhone, begins shipping worldwide in March.

Speculation and anticipation regarding Apple's latest creation built in the months prior to the iPad unveiling, only to be replaced afterward by intense online debate about the device's strengths and weaknesses.

Scammers have been cashing in on iPad fever by luring the curious to booby-trapped websites with false promises of information about Apple's new tablet computer.

Even before the first user can buy the latest and upcoming Apple technology, the iPad, cybercriminals are already making profit from its popularity.

Hackers and criminals "poison" online searches by rigging websites with words likely to be used as query terms to assure prominent ranking on results pages.

When people seeking iPad information interact with links on trick pages their machines are infected with "scareware" software that tries to get them to pay to fix computer virus problems that don't actually exist.

In the coming weeks you can also expect to see iPad-related spam and phishing attacks hitting consumers hard so be on your guard.

Online criminals routinely take advantage of hot topics such as the Haiti earthquake or the death of a celebrity to lure people into visiting trick websites or opening booby-trapped files.

If you have received an e-mail referencing the above information or have been a victim of this or a similar incident, you should notify the IC3 via

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