Washington: Netizens, who are bitten by the ‘Twilight’ bug and have taken to the web to search for the latest instalment of the vampire series ‘Eclipse’, have now been entangled in the poisonous “malware” traps set up by cyber criminals.
Internet security leaders Norton noted a prominent spike this week in contaminated search results for ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ – with some common searches returning more than 50 percent malicious results.
This implies that web surfers have more than a one-in-two chance of clicking on a link that can unleash viruses, key logging programs (where criminals can monitor everything you type), and an array of other nasty computer bugs causing trouble for users.
And those who got their eyeballs popping out when they found ‘Nude Pictures of Rob Pattinson’ in their search results were in for disappointment, reports Fox News.
The sensational headline has become one of the primary phrases designed by cyber criminals to lure in unsuspecting prey, and in effect collectively cost users hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
Furthermore, if you were thinking you could escape the crazy cinema crowds and relish ‘Eclipse’ right from the comforts of your very own bedroom this weekend, think again.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced the launch Wednesday of ‘Operation In Our Sites’, a new initiative targeting Internet counterfeiting and piracy, otherwise known by law as the theft of intellectual property (IP).