You have probably heard about Prince Harry’s wild night of playing strip billiards getting totally naked and having pictures posted of his ‘excursion’ posted on the Internet.
TMZ first leaked the reportedly naked photos of Prince Harry cupping his crotch and standing behind other billiards players, all without clothes. Although posting of such images online is somewhat of a surprise to many (especially the Royal Family), we believe that searching the Internet for Prince Harry nude photos may lead to malware.
We have expressed and verified many instances when cybercrooks and computer hackers have taken it upon themselves to exploit popular news topics, all for the joy of spreading malware or poisoning Internet search results. With the latest hot topic in the news being that of Prince Harry in photos literally ‘crowning the royal jewels’, we expect to see a bombardment of phishing sites and malware-laced search results baring their own skin.
Successful malware campaigns or hijacked search results are most often initiated fresh off the heels of a sizzling hot news story. Right now, ‘Prince Harry’s nude photos’ or ‘Prince Harry’s Vegas Pictures’ are the trending topics of the Internet. Although it is still too early to home-in on Internet search volume insights on Prince Harry, we suspect hackers have already commenced malware or spamming campaigns.
Performing internet searches for terms revolving around ‘Prince Harry Las Vegas’ or ‘Prince Harry Pictures’ could eventually lead to popular malware threats such as the Ukash Virus, Live Security Platinum or Google Redirect Virus.
Figure 1. Search volume results for the rising “prince harry” terms. Source: Google Insights.
Just a month ago, Twilight Sega and Snow White movie star Kristin Stewart was the hot-pressed topic for poisoned Internet search results at the forefront of an aggressive malware campaign. Malware creators used extortion techniques to target ‘Kristen Stewart Affair’ search results, after her alleged private-life affair became social media’s red-headed step child. Our security experts already suspect Prince Harry’s Vegas Strip-night ‘extravaganza’ and nude photos to be the brunt of new malware and spam campaigns in the days to come.
Our advice to those who are rather anxious to see the Prince’s crown jewels, is to be cautious of your Internet search results and only rely on trusted news outlets for your self-indulgence.