It never stops, the constant abuse of popular subject matter used by cybercriminals to poison internet search results with malicious links. This time the fans of the new Twilight movie are the target.
The new movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" comes out Friday and hackers are already infecting search results related to the newest saga to come out of the Twilight series of films. Cybercriminals have laced search engine results with malware in the past as they usually look for popular subject matters to focus in on. What better topic to focus on than the potential blockbuster movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"?
Unsuspecting fans of Twilight may end up on a phishing site that steals personal information if they are not careful. SEO poisoning techniques are currently being used to spoof a website that offers an interview with Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight series of books. Wouldn’t you be so lucky to win an interview with Stephanie Meyer, you could ask her what her inspiration was in writing the Twilight books or maybe what she thinks about the newest movie coming out this week. Don't let the excitement overshadow the fact that you could have landed on a hackers website that was designed to steal your personal information.
One of the pages that may pop-up on search engine results for Twilight related search terms is one that launches a fake anti-virus application that informs the user that their PC is infected before asking for a payment to rid their system of the malware. This is rather a typical situation of combining malware with phishing. In the end the computer user may end up with a compromised credit card number.
Computer users must stay on the offense if they want to have any chance in protecting their own interest. Cybercriminals will not stop at anything and are always willing to take advantage of a popular topic or news story.
If you are a Twilight fan, then you probably have already been searching the internet for video clips and additional information on the upcoming film. Should you notice anything that looks suspicious, then it is recommended that you discontinue use of the website or source immediately. Do not let the excitement get you in trouble before you get to see the movie.