As most readers are undoubtedly aware, President Donald Trump has been de-platformed by major social media companies , including Twitter and Facebook, following events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 6.
There is one social media platform that remains open to Trump, though: Parler , which bills itself as a “free speech” alternative to the large social media companies that have dominated the online landscape.Parler is facing challenges of its own, however. Both Apple and Google have now removed the social media app — popular with Trump supporters and other political conservatives — from their respective app stores. Amazon has followed with an announcement that it is booting Parler from its web hosting services.An Opportunity for Bad ActorsThese actions come at a perilous time in the United States. Emotions in this country are at a boiling point following the events in D.C. With the near simultaneous suspension of Trump from Twitter and other social media platforms and the removal of Parler from app stores, many users will be highly motivated to find alternative sources to download and access Parler. And that represents a golden opportunity for malicious actors to exploit.We anticipate that bad actors will fill the gap by launching phishing campaigns that offer users bogus web sites with fake, malicious Parler downloads or even malware-infected versions of Parler. They may also set up fake web sites and push malicious online advertising to do the same.Parler-themed phishing emails could take at least two forms:
The first spoofs Parler itself:
The second denounces the removal of Parler from app stores and Amazon’s web hosting services:
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