November 16, 2010

Attackers using Prince William engagement for attacks

Patrik Runald

It didn't take long for attackers to take advantage of the big news that Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married. As we have explained before, attackers have the process down to a science. They monitor breaking news, trending topics, and buzz words, then automatically manipulate search results based on what's happening in the world. Websense customers are protected against this attack through our Advanced Classification Engine


As we discussed in our 2010 Threat Report, searching for news and buzz words is now more dangerous than searching for adult content, with approximately 22.4% of all searches for current news leading to malicious search results. And that's in the top 100 results!


The result when clicking on one of the malicious links is exactly the same as with last week's Veteran's Day scams. As always, make sure you go to reputable sites when looking for news. Don't just do random searches.

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