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Students warn of Boston Marathon charity scams



URBANA -- Scammers are taking advantage of tragedy in Boston, creating fake websites to steal your information.

But a computer security class at the University of Illinois is tracking down the hackers.

They set up a server looking for anything suspicious, and found hundreds of links for files disguised as Boston Marathon videos or donations. But clicking the link can steal money and personal information from your computer.

Students say hackers are using these links for other recent tragedies, too.

"The same URLs have been going out related to the Texas [fertilizer plant explosion] incident," said student Corbin Souffrant. "They're just sending out the same links on the e-mails, except they're changing the e-mail name to the Texas tragedy."

The good news is many of these sites are shut down quickly.  Investigators and researchers also have servers set up.


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