It had to happen. As the news of Michael Jackson’s death spreads around the globe, the black hat spammers start to cash in on the activity.

A few mere hours after the announcement was confirmed, the security companies such as Sophos started to notice aggressive activity from spammers attempting to harvest email addresses, as well as to push malicious URLs higher up the search engine rankings.

Additionally, the black hat forums are full of alternative ways to cash in on his death and the flurry of activity on the Internet that surrounds it.

All rather sad, one feels.

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