Less than 24 hours after Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton the online scammers have been out in force trying to trick eager news-seekers into downloading a variety of worms, viruses and other malware including scareware.
In a wholly predictable development, the inboxes of the V3.co.uk news team were full this morning with warnings from several IT security vendors - it seems that, just like the cyber criminals, they can't resist a bit of publicity chasing.
The majority of warnings revolved around the tried and tested technique of blackhat SEO - jumping on the back of a popular event to promote links to malicious web pages which will be picked up and prominently displayed by search engines.
In fact, these started appearing within just minutes of the announcement, highlighting the slick, well resourced nature of cyber criminality these days.
In perfect timing for Get Safe Online (GSO) week this week, the scarewarers have been out in force too, using the same techniques to trick users into visiting their fake security software sites where they are persuaded to buy bogus software to 'protect' their PC.
GSO this week revealed in research that a quarter of UK computer users had been tricked into buying fake AV software.
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