Emma Watson: the world’s dangerous celebrity in Web search

The most famous Harry Potter Star “Emma Watson” is found to be the world’s dangerous celebrity in internet search as many cyber criminals used her image to trick users into downloading malicious sites or to steal the personal information. The McAfee in their research had found that Watson is the recent targeted celebrity of cyber criminals in stealing personal information of all internet users. They also found that female celebrities are more likely aimed by hackers. There’s a one-in-eight possibility of landing on a malicious site when looking for the 22-year-old.

Emma Watson
McAfee provides the following guidelines to assist internet users defend themselves in opposition to Malware and Phishing:

  • Be careful in downloading anything that prompts you to click first before showing the actual content.
  • Downloading free may plays high role in affecting your computer. If you download some files or videos, be alert in clicking.
  • As nearly all public use different tools to look for celebrities, be confident you have up-to-date, complete security for all of your tools.

Caution: Whitney Houston autopsy videotape links on Face book.

Whitney Houston The bereavement of pop superstar Whitney Houston made headline around the world this weekend, and it didn’t get long for fraudsters and cybercriminal to money in on the singer’s death.


For example, messages have been seen public on Face book claim to link to a video of Whitney Houston’s autopsy. According to the post, the video of Whitney Houston’s autopsy “reveals a shocking secret that explain her death”.



Here’s what a typical message looks like:


– Whitney Houstons autopsy reveals a shocking secret that explains her death

Breaking information: Coroner’s autopsy reports reveals a dim past and secret life which sadly led to Whitney Houstons death. Clicking on the link will take your browser which appears to show a YouTube video embedded on what looks like a Face book webpage. Though, a message on the sheet says that the video cannot be played as your version of Adobe Flash needs to be updated.



Of course, you be supposed to only still download an update for your fitting of Flash from the *real* Adobe website, so my advice would be very wary about downloading any software that this bogus webpage might serve up to you, or any scam survey pages that it might straight you towards.

Lady Gaga establish dead in lodge room? Be careful Face book clickjacking scam

Has Lady Gaga actually be found dead in a hotel room? A scam which has increase rapidly across Facebook would surely like you to think so.

Heres’s an instance of a message that is life form seen spreading virally on Facebook, affectation as a link to a BBC TV News report.




Lady Gaga establish dead in hotel room


BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room

This is the most awful day in US history


Wow. I denote, yes, it would be tragic if Lady Gaga were to die, but.. Seriously.. “The most awful day in US history”?Anyway, if you are tricked into clicking on the link you are taken in the end (via a website which sloppily allows an open redirect) to a webpage that pretends to contain a BBC News video report:


Watch out, though, if you try to play the video as this is a clickjacking scam which attempt to silently say you “Like” the page when you click with your mouse.

Users who have installed a browser add-on such a No Script for Firefox will see a message caution them of the peril of being click jacked.

If you’ve been hit by a scam like this, remove the messages and likes from your Facebook page – and caution your friends not to click on the offending links. Clearly there’s much more work which wants to be done by Facebook to prevent these sorts of messages spreading so fast.


Simon Pegg is Twitter-hacked, warns fans of Trojan horse risk

Simon PeggBritish comic actor Simon Pegg, celebrity of movies such as “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz”, and most newly the alien comedy “Paul”, has claimed that his Twitter account has been hacked in sort to extend malware to his 1.2 million followers.


Simon Pegg usually tweets to his fans with TweetDeck or Twitterific, but the aberrant communication was sent via the Twitter for BlackBerry application instead.


Download the new “Paul” Screen Saver [LINK] after download right click and press test to install.


Download the new Paul Sceen Saver [LINK] after download right click and press test to install.

Fans of Simon Pegg hurried to download the screensaver, only for a lot of of them to report that their anti-virus software had established a Trojan horse in the ScreenSaver.exe file being associated to.

Pegg posted a few messages representing that he supposed his account had been hacked, claim that he did not post any messages about a screensaver, and caution fans of the “computer virus” threat. He doesn’t shred his words about what he thinks of the hacker accountable.


And Pegg is right – it’s not a risk-free file. It’s a banking Trojan that Sophos detects as Troj/VBBanker-A.

Obviously, it is a appropriate caution to all internet users to believe long and hard before running or installing any unidentified happy on their computers.


Though the malware in this case is Windows-specific, funnyman Pegg couldn’t resist cracking a joke:


It’s no pleased matter, of course, for Simon Pegg’s Twitter followers – any of whom could have been putting their processor at risk if they downloaded and ran a hateful file.Famous figures that have fallen victim to a Twitter hack in the precedent comprise Ashton Kutcher, Lil Wayne, Axl Rose, Britney Spears and plumy-voiced British TV property crumpet Kirsty Allsopp.


Even publication like the New York Times and humorous phenomenon ShitMyDadSays have fallen foul of hackers on Twitter.It’s worth attitude in mind, though, that sometimes celebrities might have claimed to have been hacked on Twitter when in fact it’s quite possibly not true.

Rapper Soulja Boy blames Face book hackers for bigoted, homophobic rage

There is abundance of people in the community eye who have claimed in excess of the years that their social networking accounts have been compromise by hackers: Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Lil’ Kim, Britney Spears (again) and most lately – of course – Anthony Weiner.


A few of these populace may even have been effective the truth (although not US Congressman Weiner, who’s now admitted he sent unsuitable photographs via Twitter to women who weren’t his pregnant wife, and recognized he was deceitful when he answerable it on a hacker).The latest obvious celebrity injured party of social networking hackers is Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy. On Sunday his Face book page exploded with a torrent of abuse apparently directed people who had “Liked his page, but then post messages express their dislike for the star.




Here’s a little part of what was posted on the rapper’s Face book page:

How can you say “i hate you” blah blah blah. when you are on my page that doesnt make any sense! it sounds crazy you are stalking a person who you dont like WTF kinda s*** is that.


Fans i’m sorry you had to read this. but we must take a stand. they WILL not treat us like this any longer. I dont give a f***.


I’m gonna keep talking s*** to these white f****ts until they unlike my page. f***ing weirdo stalkers!


Soulja Boy has now told celebrity news website TMZ that he did not post the mail, and that hackers wrap login testimonial belonging to his page’s administrators.  “I required clearing the air and letting everybody know that my Face book got hacked.”    “I had administrator on my account that no longer labor with me. The hackers used these old accounts to post hateful messages. This was not complete by me or anybody on my team and I’m upset that I am being labeled as a bigoted and homophobic person.“Thank decency that’s all sort then. It would, after all, be very hard to picture that a rapper would use such inflammable language – not their style at all…

Kristie Allsopp’s Twitter account is hacked again

Plumy-voiced property crumpet Kristie Allsopp has one time again fallen foul of hackers on Twitter, who has been conveyance mischievous tweets from her account today.


The popular British TV presenter, almost as well known for her kitten-heeled dress intellect as for her Channel 4 property programmers, has been stressed to keep away intruder who have broken down into her account and sent messages to her 60,000+ Twitter group.


And the topics of a lot of her mail appear to be her arch-enemy, Lord Sugar. (For those who don’t follow celebrity squabbles, there has been something of a feud running between Miss Allsopp and entrepreneur Alan Sugar, with both taking personal potshots at the other via Twitter).So, perhaps some weren’t astonished when Kristie Allsopp tweeted out the following fruity message, referring to their look together on “Celebrity Apprentice”:



Kristie, though, distanced herself from the message; assure her affectionate public that she wasn’t the kind of girl to talk dirty.The mysterious messages baiting Lord Sugar didn’t stop however. Here’s another:

Kristie said that in spite of altering her password, the interloper was still tweeting out naughty missives.



If that’s the case then my doubt would be that Kristie Allsopp has a third party request connected with her Twitter account that the hacker is using. After all, all the wayward posts appear to have been sent “via Twitter for iPhone” although Allsopp appears to prefer Tweet Deck or Twitter’s web interface herself.She should visit her Twitter settings and check her “connections”, revoking access to any applications that she no longer wishes to attach with her account.


Cheryl Cole Got Hijacked on Facebook

Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl Cole, celebrated in the UK for her role as a moderator on top TV show “The X Factor” which had its majestic final last night, is being subjugated by scammers on Face book.

Scammers are using a clickjacking method to deception users into “liking” a webpage devoid of their knowledge; believe it to be a BBC News report about paparazzi photographs that have exposed the popular celebrity. Using the recognizable poster of the BBC News website, the story under is not exactly the err… Content you would usually relate with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Instead it shows a typically shocking pararazzi photograph of Cheryl Cole getting out of a car while wearing a short skirt.


Barely the most persuasive copy of the BBC website I’ve ever seen, but if you are tempt to click on the page uses a clickjacking method to imperceptibly “like” the webpage, allocation it with all of your Facebook friends and buddies.

BBC News: Cheryl Cole Exposed Paparazzi Photos!


You won’t realize, though, that your Facebook page has been rationalized unless you purposely look at your feed. Instead, chances are that some fans of Cheryl Cole will venture further, seeing another page which looks clearly unlike those normally produced by the BBC – and ultimately a picture that is often printed in the more lowbrow British newspapers.




So, what’s all the reason of all this? Well, it appears that one time again scammers are abusing Facebook users to drive traffic to online surveys – designed to earn them charge for each survey completed. It’s actually time that something more serious was done about spam like this, which has been exploiting Facebook users for far too long.


If you have been hit by a scam like this, delete the messages from your newsfeed and remove the “like’s from your profile.

Beware Of Leighton Meester sex tape video free download!


Here’s a strange cocktail: Internet celeb and previous Apple Mac evangelist Guy Kawasaki, a sex video of Leighton Meester (the star of hit TV show “Gossip Girl”), a shake over of Twitter, and a shot of web-based malware.

My doubts were raised when I saw that Guy Kawasaki has posted a message saying

Leighton Meester sex tape video free download!

On his Twitter account.

Certain sufficient, next the link hops you flanked by a sequence of websites, contribution to show you a sex video of the young Hollywood actress.

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As we’ve seen in other attacks in the past, approving to download the codec to view the sex video is not a first-class idea. The webpage can tell if you are visiting the site using an Apple Mac or a Windows computer, and will serve up the relevant piece of malware. In the case of Macs the malware is detect by Sophos as OSX/Jahlav-C.The detail that the post was published on Guy Kawasaki’s Twitter account (which has almost 140,000 followers) is mainly worrying



I wonder how many people might have thought it was worth the risk of clicking on the link, if there was a chance of watching a free Leighton Meester sex video. It’s only a pair of weeks since we reported on other instances of hackers spreading the Jahlav-C Trojan horse via an X-rated lure to Mac users. The worry is that many Mac users are not running any anti-virus protection – amazing maybe they need to reconsider.

Phishing scam which is one of the popular Nigerian scams occupies its own throne in causing threat to human emotions and lives. Recent years, the type of phishing has extended its wings into popular micro blogging site Twitter. High profile members such as Britney Spears and Barack Obama too got distributed with malicious links and spam messages. Some years back, scammers hacked the profile of Guy Kawasaki, famous Apple personality having over 100,000 followers and posted a site link of sex tape of Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester.

It is still suspicious how hackers gained access to Kawasaki’s account. Later predicted that the victim would have got directed logging into fake Twitter account without his knowledge where the victim might get tricked of tracking login credentials by scammers. On gaining access, intruders post spam messages on hot topics in order to gain clicks for that particular account.

Windows user actually falls for the scam when they unknowingly download Trojan linked Kawasaki account, the DNS will get directed to the server that has been under control of hackers. This software affects both Macs and PCs.

In order to defend yourself being fall as victim for Nigerian spam, strength and protect your passwords and do never click any suspicious links.


Lady Gaga Fell into Twitter Scam

If you observe any posts on Twitter with a link to a “Banned Lady Gaga Video,” anything you do, DO NOT CLICKS ON IT. The Face book Scam Spam trend is dispersal across Twitter claiming the Twitter queen herself Lady Gaga.

The tweets are spreading through a rogue request that thousands of Twitter users have linked with. The tweet promises a link to a “banned” Lady Gaga video, which any true Monster knows does not exist. Once you click on the bit.ly link, you are taken to a fake YouTube page and when you click the play push button a box pops up asking you to funding permission to a third-party app to access your Twitter account. Don’t do it! If you do, the third-party app will have access to your account and be able to send tweets to all of your followers.

Though Lady Gaga fell for the scam she has managed to delete all the unsanctioned tweets. However, Sophos tracked the tweets down. Here’s what was tweeted:


TAROT de shakira [LINK] clarividente de @shakira #horoscopo ganar dinero navegando.”


“VIDEO PROHIBIDO LADY GAGA @lady gaga [LINK] ganar dinero navegando.”


Lady Gaga issued a Twitter caution to whoever is at the back the app, threatening to unleash her Little Monsters on them. But it looks like the damage was already done. Fooling Lady Gaga is a huge coo for the rogue app considering Lady Gaga has 9.6 million followers, making her the most followed Twitter feed in the world at the time of this writing. With that kind of influence, you can only visualize how many victims this app has already claimed.

Depiction of teenage brain box Emma Watson Death Scam

Emma Watson, known around the world for her depiction of teenage brain box Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, has become the unsuspecting star of an internet hoax that is being spread rapidly across the internet.

The bogus reports declare that the actress has died in a drunken car crash.




Here is a typical report:

On July 24, 2009, Watson was en route to her mansion in Oxfordshire, England. Police footage captured her driving with speeds up to 80 miles per hour on very narrow roads. Oxfordshire paramedics received a 999 call at 12:22 p.m. (GMT), about an sport car having crashed into a wall at a petrol station.

At this point it was still unknown that the victim was indeed Emma Watson. Three minutes after the call got through, paramedics arrived at Watson’s location.

She was reportedly not breathing and the car was total loss. After 5 minutes the Oxfordshire Fire Department managed to get Watson out of her car. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Oxfordshire’s Medical Center, and for an hour after arriving there at 1:45 p.m. (GMT). She was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. (GMT).


Another version of the story reads:

Los Angeles, CA- Millions are in shock after Emma Watson died overnight in a car crash. The 19 year-old actress, most famous for her roles in the Harry Potter films, was killed while being driven back to hotel after a screening of her latest movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when a car collided with her vehicle. Watson is reported to have died at the scene. Her relatives have so far refused to comment, only quoting that they are “˜too distraught’ to speak with the media. Police are questioning witnesses about two men who reportedly fled the scene following the crash.

The two men are said to be in their early twenties, one Caucasian and the other Hispanic. Anyone with information is urged to contact the authorities immediately.

Unhappily a lot of people seem to be forwarding or reposting the “news”, without scrutiny a credible news site. Don’t you think that if it was true it would be on the front page of BBC News Online? I would advise you keep away from clicking on links to “news” stories about Emma Watson’s death, as it is probable whoever is behind this hoax has spiteful intention.

Of course, Emma Watson is far from the first celebrity to have had fake reports of her death circulated via the internet. Recently, bogus news stories increase that Jeff Goldblum had fallen to his death while filming – bizarrely from the very same cliff that previously claimed Tom Cruise’s life!