It’s nothing new and she won’t be the first celebrity search term which could land your computer on a page filled with malware, spam, and viruses, but right now she is the hottest. McAfee advises that “Looking up the ‘Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ star (and daughter of rocker Phil Collins) on the Web gives you about a 14.5% chance of landing on a page that tested positive for spam, adware, spyware, viruses or other malware,” according to a study by Internet security company. This means you have about a 1 in 7 chance of finding much more that you ever wanted when your search lands you on a page.
Other top ten searches that may give you more than you bargained for are celebrities: Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bullock, Kathy Griffin and Zoe Saldana. Katy, Perry, Brittany Spears and Emma Roberts are also among the top 10. According to McAfee’s report women celebrities are more likely to land your computer in hot water than searches for men celebrities.
Miley Cyrus came in at number 20 and her twerking performance on the VMA’s caused a surge in searches using her name, as well as a surge in cyber celebrity dangers. My dad’s computer reported a virus on a site that was supposedly referred to him by a friend, alleging that she had committed suicide. Of course that old story is well known spam as it has been used far too often, but not often enough to keep it from going viral. Want to know all of the percentages this year for your favorite celebrity? The Wall Street Journal breaks it down for you so you can see your chances of encountering a celebrity cyber screw up.
McAfee has been providing the “most dangerous celebrity cyber searches” for seven years. During this time celebrities like Heidi Klum, Emma Watson, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Biel and Selena Gomez have been listed among the most dangerous cyber searches. Brad Pitt has been one of the men on the top of the list, but the men searches are fewer and far between.
Of course as part of their list, McAfee offers a number of tips and tricks to help you keep your computer from catching more than cold including:
Be cautious of content offering “free” or “too good to be true”
Be extra cautious when searching for hot topics. My recommendation – got to Google Trends and then head to your the topics through there, or only access those sites of “name brand” celebrity news sources.
Protect yourself with comprehensive security. My recommendation, not only should you have a good security system but pay attention to it. If your system says “STOP” or doesn’t have the check mark next to the link you probably don’t want to visit there.
With the use of cameras at lights it is not unheard of to get a traffic ticket in the mail. I admit, I recently received one, including a really bad photo) as I went through a light, lost and looking for signs. My first in over 15 years, but that’s beside the point. However, there’s a new scam in town coming to your straight from your email. This email message claims to be a traffic ticket from New York and it directs you to “click” the link to open your ticket, see your charges and find out how to pay the fine. At first glance it looks “legit.” It even has a return address @nyc.gov.
There are a great many people who would fear that somehow they got notice of a traffic ticket, whether they have driven in New York or not. Maybe they sent it to you because of a data entry mistake on the driver’s license input. What if they suspend your license? But before you panic stop and think about these things.
Have you driven in New York?
How on earth did they track your email address by your driver’s license?
Could this possibly be a scam?
The answer to the third question is yes, it is a scam. But not the type you might think. Instead of a “spam” scam which most likely would be trying to harvest your credit card number for credit card fraud it’s actually a Trojan, a hidden virus that will gather information from your computer and drop more malicious content. This virus is identified as “Troj/Invo-Zip and it is described as one ” that could allow attackers access to your Windows system and give them the ability to drop more malicious files on it.
Internet security firm Sophos received many messages today on their Facebook page about the email scam/virus from all over the world. I think it’s safe to say anyone that received it in Thailand is just going to ignore it.
How can you be safe from viruses and email scams? Remember just because a link is there doesn’t mean you have to “click” it especially when it is a fake ticket. Keep your antivirus programs updated and but the brakes on email scams by simply not opening them.
In case you also received this email from DONALD KABRUKA , you should know that it’s SPAM and should be treated as someone trying to SCAM you out of your money.
AVOID THIS LIKE A BAD DISEASE.
SPAM SCAM SPAM SCAM
PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)
FROM THE DESK OF MR.DONALD KABERUKA (GHANA)
MR.DONALD KABERUKA (BSC,MSC,OFR)
REPUBLIC OF GHANA (RG)
RE – VERIFICATION OF YOUR PAYMENT FILE.
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT FROM OUR RECORDS OF OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS OWED TO YOU ON YOUR INHERITANCE /CONTRACT /CONSIGNMENT WITH OUR BANK AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK,YOUR NAME/PARTICULARS WAS DISCOVERED AS NEXT ON THE LIST OF OUTSTANDING CLIENTS WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENTS.WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT IS BEING PROCESSED AND WILL BE RELEASED TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL DETAILS BECAUSE SOME OTHER PERSONS ARE LAYING CLAIMS IN YOUR NAME, THAT YOU ARE DEAD, THAT’S WHY THIS RE-VALIDATION TO CROSSCHECK THEIR CLAIMS.ALSO NOTE THAT FROM OUR RECORD IN OUR FILES YOUR OUTSTANDING PART-PAYMENT IS US$5,600,000.00 USD. (FIVE MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS).
PLEASE KINDLY RE-CONFIRM THE FOLLOWINGS:
1) YOUR FULL NAMES:
2) YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS:
3) PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE #:
AS SOON AS THIS INFORMATION IS RECEIVED,
THE PROCESS OF YOUR PAYMENT WILL BEGIN IN ERNEST IN THE FORM OF A CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT, WIRED TRANSFER ,ATM CARD PAYMENT.
EMAIL MY DIRECT ADDRESS AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS MEMO FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION.
Uthingo raffle draw organized in South Africa on the 3rd of May 2011 in conjunction
with United Nation (U.N) in supporting the victims of Japan Tsunami, your E-mail
Address came out as the timely number that grabs the amount of $2, 500000.00. I
know that this may sound unbelievable to you, but it’s true if this E-mail address
is truly yours let us know to provide you more details involving this issue Thanks,
Mr Edwin M. Kabelo.
The Following is a SPAM MESSAGE designed to rob you of your money.
Don’t fall for it.
SPAM – SCAM – SPAM – SCAM – SPAM
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Leonard Mike
Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM
Subject: From: Mr. Leonard Mike
From: Mr. Leonard Mike
Fidelity Investments International
Oak hill House, 130 Ton bridge Rd
Hildenborough Ton Bridge, Kent
TN11 9DZ, London
I am Leonard Mike,Funds Manager of Fidelity Investment International.
The World Largest Funds Management Company with over $1.2Trillion Capital Investment Funds.
Nevertheless, as Fidelity Funds Manager, I handle all our Investor’s Direct Capital Funds and secretly extract 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annul on each of the Investor’s Magellan Capital Funds.As an expert,I have made over USD $22m from the Investor’s EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds. Continue reading SPAM/SCAM from Mr. Leonard Mike firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com→
Please don’t fall for this SCAM about gold dust. As the price of gold and silver continue to increase, more and more of these gold scams are creeping up. Don’t be a victim. Buy gold through reputable companies instead.
Here’s the scam email.
From: Grace Makumba
Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 5:28 AM
Subject: Dear sir,
GOLD DUST PROPOSAL
MY Name is Mrs GRACE MAKUMBA the wife of late Chief K. MAKUMBA the
former village chief where there are Gold field here in Ghana.
My late husband died last year November, but before his death he has
260 kilos of gold dust in his position as the village chief.
after his death nothing has left with my children, i therefore decided
to contact you so that you will fly down to Ghana to enable us meet
face to face and reach an Agreement, then after our meeting you will
help me to ship the gold into your country for sales.
then after selling the commodities you will use the money to assist
our family to invest it in any profitable business.
if you are interested do contact me immediately for more details.
Mrs Grace Makumba
END OF GOLD DUST SCAM EMAIL
Don’t fall for it.
Two reputable places we recommend if you want to buy gold:
– GoldMoney (set up an account)
Have you noticed a change in your spam box on your email? Or on your computers spam blocker system? Take a look the next time you log in to your email, you may be surprised by the increase in spam messages, but you are not the only one. Find out about the increase in spam and how it affects us all.
Symantec Norton’s AntiBot is a software product designed to prevent the hijacking of one’s personal computer by bots: which can be a type of malware that allows a hacker to take control of several computers at a time, effectively turning them into “robots” that accept commands from the computer hacker and work to spread bots to more and more computers. This type of computer virus can then be used to spread spam and commit various types of identity theft and other online fraud.
Several tools exist to protect against the threat posed by bots and some of them are already part of most personal computers. However, with increased use of the internet for online shopping, ticket purchases, travel and other “high risk” activities setting the security protection level at medium high or high, although one easy step to take in the war against bots, may not be the most effective.
IdentityTheftSecrets interviewed the CEO of SpamBully, Mr. Paul Jendrasiak.
SpamBully is a spam filter that’s been rated “Best Buy” by WIRED Magazine, rated “5 cows” by Tucows (For whatever that’s worth… apparently 5 cows worth), has appeared in the book Fighting Spam for Dummies, USA Today, Wall Street Journal online, and other noted media outlets.
That’s all well and good, but we wanted to go to the source of the software to find out what SpamBully was really all about. In this interview, you’ll be able to hear what IdentityTheftSecrets found out about SpamBully.