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Searching Michelle McGee Images Triggers Malware

Internet is burning with the stories associated with the current state of Sandra Bullock and Jesse James marriage subsequent to the reported news of her Oscar winning spouse's affair with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, a tattoo model.

Resultantly, cyber felons have developed infected Web pages filled with McGee related keywords. These keywords are pushing the contaminated Web pages at the top of search rankings in a hope to distribute their malware on the computers of those people who are much curious for updates on the so-called affair. SEO techniques are used to infect the Web pages.

Experts at the security firm Sophos noted that besides McGee, cyber crooks have also poisoned Web pages associated with search terms concerning Jesse James and Sandra Bullock's relationship.

Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley commented on this story on his blog post and said that there is no surprise that hackers are exploiting interest in such a hot turning story for their benefit. They are well utilizing the opportunity to circulate their attacks in the form of information regarding breaking news, according to the statement published by Webuser.co.uk on March 18, 2010.

Cluley further explains that the most preferred ploy of cyber felons is providing users with the links to images of female celebs, often barely dressed or nude.

However, the consultant added that security of users' system will definitely be in jeopardy if a user clicks on these malicious links. This is because the links expose their systems to scams like identity theft and bogus anti-virus software.

Remarkably, hackers are over and again misusing users' interest in sizzling news stories, emphasizing that running security software which scans each and every Web page visited by a user is very important and underling the need to keep them upgraded with patches.

According to the experts, cyber criminals have earlier also attempted to lure Internet surfers with celebs like Megan Fox, Emma Stone, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Angelina Jolie.

Cluley's advice to users is to visit a trusted news website instead of unfamiliar ones if they are so much frantic or mad about celebrity gossips even though it involves some one's marriage possibly breaking up.

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