Team Jacob Or Team Malware?

Twilight fans beware!

Hackers are poisoning Twilight searches with malware.

As tempting as it may be, Twilight fans are warned to avoid searching for “Nude pictures of Taylor Lautner,” “Robert and Kristin kissing” and “Twilight true love.” Such searches have resulted in a flood of malicious infections.

The increase in Twilight malware is due to the pending release of the next Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which is expected to open November 18.

This isn’t the first time Twilight fans have been a target. Various scams have accompanied every Twilight movie so far. Last April, a Twilight game scam also spread virally on Facebook.

What can potential victims do to protect themselves?

  • Avoid trendy searches. It isn’t only Twilight that can get you into trouble. Be cautious when searching for Heidi Klum and Justin Bieber
  • Invest in a solid computer protection. Anti-virus is often not enough. Ensure complete protection with a reboot to restore  and application whitelisting solution(s)
  • If you simply can’t resist a “Team Jacob” or “Team Edward” fix, limit your online activity to reputable websites that give real and safe information

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?