Trend Micro also kept a running tab in 2012 of the social-engineering keywords used by attackers to reel in victims of their malware one way or another during 2012. In the early part of 2012, the phrases "law enforcement," "tax season," "London 2012 Olympics" and "Tibet," were most used to try and trick someone into downloading malware or opening malware-laden attachments, while in the second half of last year "iPhone 5," "World of Warcraft," "Christmas," and "Thanksgiving" were the top keyword lures.
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