Curious "Twilight" Enthusiasts a Target for Cybercriminals Norton Data Finds "Twilight" Web Searches May Result in a "Kiss of Death"
CULVER CITY, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
The next film in the popular "Twilight" series is bound for box office success, and "Twihards" everywhere are on the prowl for any details they can find online about "Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1." Savvy cybercriminals know curiosity may overcome caution when it comes to the supernatural series.
Norton has already found that many common searches related to the movie are returning malicious results. When clicked, these "poisoned" links can automatically put viruses, keylogging programs (where criminals can monitor everything you type), and other nasty infected software on your smartphone, computer or tablet that can cause endless days of trouble. Not to mention leaving your bank account as drained as a vampire's victim.
Common searches that are turning up poisoned results tend to be for photos, trailers, clips, casting information and plot details on the series.
Top search terms that we've already seen returning poisoned results include:
Norton has seen a spike in these poisoned search results with the impending release of the movie, and expects even more "Twilight"-related poison search results, scams and spam as the curiosity continues to peak.
Norton experts are available to share tips on how users can protect themselves from "Twilight"-related threats online, including:
Interviews available upon request
Edelman for Norton