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‘Twilight’ Fever Brings Cybercriminals Out of the Woodwork

June 30, 2010

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ —


               The third installment of the "Twilight" franchise is breaking
               records for a midnight opening and legions of fans are
               searching for any details about the film they can find
               online. Cyber criminals know this and have already "poisoned"
               common search results hoping to gain access to people's
               computers and infect them with malicious software
    WHAT/WHY:  ("Malware").

               Some common search results are already returning more than 50
               percent malicious results - meaning that you've got more than
               a 50/50 chance of clicking on a link that can put viruses,
               keylogging programs (where criminals can monitor everything
               you type), and other nasty things on your computer that can
               cause no end of trouble!
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              Top search terms that are likely to be poisoned include:
               --"Twilight New Moon Eclipse Wikipedia" (53 percent
               malicious)
              -- "Twilight Eclipse Wiki" (39 percent malicious)
               --"How Long Is Eclipse The Movie going to be" (28 percent
               malicious)

               Norton has seen a spike in these poisoned search results over
               the last 24 hours, and experts expect even more
               "Twilight"-related poison search results, scams and spam as
               the movie gains momentum.

               Response experts are on hand to share tips with users on how
               they can protect themselves from "Twilight"-related threats
    EXPERTS:   online, including:

               -- Nude pictures of Rob Pattinson sound too good to be true?
               They are! - Cybercriminals use sensational headlines to get
               you to click on their poisoned links. Better to delete e-
               mails and ignore search results from people and sites you
               don't know - no matter what they're promising.
               --Don't let attacks take you by surprise -Use a reputable
               online security software to let you know when you're about to
               click on a link that's poisoned.
               --Browsing social networking sites while standing in line? -
               Don't assume links and videos posted by friends on social
               networking sites are safe - use a site such as Norton Safe
               Web to make sure sites don't contain any malicious elements
               before you click on them.

               Screenshots of search results, showing how many - and which -
    IMAGES:    results are infected.

    WHEN:     Interviews available upon request

    CONTACT:  Gerritt Hoekman
              Edelman for Norton
              323-202-1895
              Gerritt.Hoekman@Edelman.com

SOURCE Norton


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