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Lindsay Lohan and Norton Warn Fans of Online Threats

July 15, 2010

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ —


               Lindsay Lohan and Norton are warning fans and gossip-hounds
               alike, that searching for details of her latest predicament
               could result in their computers being infected by cyber
    WHAT/WHY:  criminals.

               "I know I am very newsworthy, especially with everything going
               on and I'd hate to see my current situation cause frustration
               or damage to my fans," says Lohan. "If my friends and fans
               want to know what's going on with me, they need to stick to
               reliable news media outlets and not click on just any link in
               a search result. Better yet, please follow my Twitter feed and
               get the news straight from me!"

               Norton knows that cyber criminals simply monitor newsworthy,
               trending news topics, then infect dozens of legitimate and
               fake webpages with viruses, spyware, keylogging programs
               (where criminals can monitor everything you type), and other
               malicious software ("Malware") hoping to gain access to
               people's computers and steal their personal information.

               Often within hours of major news and pop culture events, as
               many as 50 percent of search results can be "poisoned" -
               meaning that it's more likely than not that you will click on
               a bad link!
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               Some common search terms likely to return malicious results may
               include:
              -- "Lindsay Lohan Jail"
              -- "Lilo in Prison"
              -- "Lohan Sentence"

               Norton expects to see a spike in these poisoned search results
               over the next week as the news of Lohan's prison sentence
               continues to gain momentum.

               Norton experts are on hand to share tips with users on how they
               can protect themselves from Lindsay Lohan-related threats
    EXPERTS:   online, including:

               -- Pictures from inside the jail cell? Lindsay's jailhouse
               diary?! Don't believe everything you read. - Cybercriminals
               use sensational headlines to get you to click on their
               poisoned links. Delete e-mails and ignore search results from
               people and sites you don't know - no matter what they're
               promising.
               --Tell those crooks to "SCRAM" -Use a safe search tool, like
               the free Norton Safe Web Lite, which can identify poisoned
               search results.
               --Take it from Lindsay: Sometimes your closest friends can be
               your worst enemies -Don't assume links and videos posted by
               friends on social networking sites are safe - use a free tool
               such as Norton Safe Web for Facebook to make sure sites don't
               contain any malicious elements before you click on them.

    WHEN:     Interviews with Norton experts available upon request

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

SOURCE Norton


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