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Msg#: 3746282 posted 1:42 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Celeb Name Searches May [reuters.com]Carry Unwanted Payload
Looking for information about Brad Pitt or Beyonce on the Web? It could be risky.

An internet security firm has dubbed the actor and singer the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet because cybercriminals use their names to lure victims.

California-based McAfee Inc. said fans searching for information and pictures of Pitt, or downloads, wallpaper and screen savers, have an 18 percent chance of having their PCs infected with a virus, spyware, spam, phishing and adware.


 

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Msg#: 3746282 posted 2:05 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Fun article. Probably not news to most seasoned folks here.

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Msg#: 3746282 posted 3:57 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

See? You too can get a virus from [insert name of disreputable celebrity]! Think of the bragging rights. :)

wyweb



 
Msg#: 3746282 posted 6:07 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Oh great. Now you tell me.

GaryK

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Msg#: 3746282 posted 11:07 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I did a search for Jerry Seinfeld and wound up with some virus called Vista.

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Msg#: 3746282 posted 11:49 pm on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

^ LOL ^

See? Americans can do sarcasm.

Automan Empire

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Msg#: 3746282 posted 6:43 pm on Sep 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yup, teenage stepdaughter completely hosed 2 XP machines, while "never surfing anywhere."

Viruses, worms, etc so bad I had to do a clean Windows install on one, and hours of manual cleaning on the other.

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Msg#: 3746282 posted 12:41 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)


was she using an admin-level account for surfing?

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