Why? One of the techniques used by cyber criminals to lure Internet users to malicious sites is to create fake celebrity websites and emails pretending to have news, photos, and other information about the most popular celebs. The crooks are very successful using this technique. Here’s how it works: an Internet user (fan) accesses the fake celebrity website or email; then a malware payload (read: nasty virus or worse) is placed on the Internet user’s computer. I think you know that things go downhill from there. This technique is also used with major news events around the world like earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, etc.
Internet security company McAfee recently reported a list of the top 10 celebrity searches that can lead to an infection of your computer. Check it out and heed it’s warning.
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