Norton Cautions: In Wake of Celebrity Music Thefts, Revisit Your Own Security Settings

Don't Let Cybercriminals Leave You Singing the Blues

Dec 03, 2010, 18:49 ET from Norton

CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --


Several news outlets are reporting today that a handful of "A-list" musicians have been the target of cybercriminals. These celebrities have allegedly been the victims of hackers who broke into their computers to steal unreleased songs and then post them online.

Some reports claim that the hackers also managed to steal a compromising photograph of at least one of the celebrities involved and were planning on selling the picture or attempting to use it for blackmail.

While most people don't need to worry about their next multi-platinum single being leaked in advance of the street date, there are undoubtedly other sensitive documents and images on our personal computers that we would never want a cybercriminal to be able to access.

This is a powerful and timely reminder to all computer users that no one is immune from the effects of cybercrime and that now, as the holiday season is in full swing, is a good time to check your own security status.

Norton has pulled together a quick check-list for consumers to help keep their own personal documents and photos out of the hands of would-be cybercriminals:

  • Password Protection – Change your passwords regularly, and don't use the same password across multiple sites or computers.

  • Scan Your Statements – Take a look at your bank and credit card statements. Many cybercriminals are now stealing smaller amounts over a longer period of time in the hopes that they will avoid detection. If you see a charge or withdrawal you don't remember, check with the institution to see if it's legit.

  • Security Suites – Today's online threats come in many forms. Make sure you're protected with a robust security suite, like Norton Internet Security 2011, which provides you with powerful, fast protection to e-mail, shop and bank online without worry.


Norton experts are on-hand to share tips with users on how they can protect themselves from online threats and stay out of the hands of cybercriminals.


Marian Merritt, Norton's Internet safety advocate has more information on her blog here:


Interviews with Norton security experts available upon request


Gerritt Hoekman

Edelman for Norton