Media reports that spammers are using swine flu as a method to spread malware has been described as ‘below the belt.'


A number of spammers and phishers have already identified it as a new way to lure victims and Rick Howard, director of intelligence at iDefense claimed that it was in bad taste, but businesses should prepare for attacks via PDF files.


Howard said: “It's pretty far below the belt, but iDefense has identified a number of cybercriminals picking up on the growing panic over swine flu to create new ways to implement their scams.


“Over the next few months we expect to see growing numbers of malicious code attacks distributed via PDF files on the emotive subject of swine flu.”