Nude Video of Erin Andrews Leading to Online Hazard Again

Sophos, the data protection and IT security firm, has issued an alert to the Internet users to watch out for websites apparently promising to show a contentious naked movie of Erin Andrews, the alluring ESPN sports reporter from America, yet again as spammers, hackers and scammers are taking advantage of people's fresh enthusiasm to know more about Miss Andrews' stalker who has been sentenced to imprisonment.

As reported, Michael David Barrett, the stalker, received imprisonment for two and a half years on March 15, 2010. He was charged of shooting Erin Andrews by peeping through the door of her hotel room. Naturally, Miss Andrews neither had the knowledge nor the willingness for such an act.

The security researchers at Sophos said that it's yet again the time when cyber-criminals are abusing the story to such an extent that the video footage of naked Miss Andrews has become the sixth most popular search item online. According to them, cyber-criminals have crafted Web-links and pages, which promise to show the movie, however, lay traps for unsuspecting Web-surfers into getting contaminated and scammed.

The researchers also cite one instance of the fake movie scam in which a YouTube video shows a message expressing regret for not being able to show the film as a result of copyright issues. However, it urges the user to follow a certain Web-link leading onto an intermediary website. This link may be simply created to divert Web-traffic onto a spam site, or even take the user to a Web-page that directs him towards accessing a service or participating in a survey, while the page drops malware.

While commenting on this malevolent scam, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, stated that in case anyone deeply desires to see naked women, he should purchase a porn magazine or find a girlfriend for himself as searching for things like the one in discussion wouldn't only corrupt his mind, but also his computer, according to a statement published by Infozine.com published March 16, 2010.

Thus, users are strongly recommended to avoid such video films and run an anti-virus scan in case they are infected with the scam as well as make their security software up-to-date.

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