Scammers are targeting interested voters with fake websites
Even more election scams.
We got Alfred here to talk about them.
This one, it's targeting vote411.org.
Tell us a little bit about it.
Yeah, so vote411.org is a voter information website.
You can find out where to register to vote, what candidates in your District stand for, and what's on the Ballot, generally.
John Oliver had promoted it on a show last week, Tonight, on October 28th.
And I got a 2,000% spike in traffic after that little promo.
And two days after he promoted it, scammers set up a website called Vote411.com, which is a common mistake that people would make.
Most people are going on .com websites.
And this website basically ran a online technical support scam, which is if you ever go on a website and it tells you hey, you've been infected with a virus, please call this number to get it removed.
And then they essentially put a virus on your computer if you do call that number, and they ask you to pay them.
To get rid of it.
It's a very common scheme.
But now they're using curiosity around the midterm elections to basically use it as a watering hole type of attack where they know a lot of people are gonna be looking for these election updates and things like that and they're using that to their advantage.
With a fake website.
Do we know if there are now more or less midterm related hacks, or scams going on nowadays than maybe four years ago?
I mean it's unclear because any time somebody gets hacked, it's not like there's somebody going out there and saying hey we did this or anything like that.
But we do know they're more vigilant about it, and there are a lot of examples about this, so Microsoft, in August, talked about how they had gotten rid of these websites that were basically doing the same thing, but it might of been for a lot more malicious purposes.
So while the fake vote411.com website was more for financial gains, the Russian websites that Microsoft had taken down were specifically politically motivated.
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