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Cyber Criminals Poisoned Searches Results of Lindsay Lohan Imprisonment

Norton Antivirus, an Internet Security Firm, warns Lindsay Lohan fans that searching details about the recent predicament of this American actress could lead to the infection of user's computers by cyber criminals.

Cyber criminals are exploiting search terms related to the 90 days prison of Lindsay Lohan to propagate malware and commit identity thefts.

The Norton security experts' comments that search terms like 'Lilo in Prison', 'Lindsay Lohan Jail' and 'Lohan Sentence' are among the prominent keywords used by the cyber criminals to victimize people, as reported by WebUser on July 15, 2010.

Commenting on the issue, the actress said that she knew she was newsworthy, especially at that point of time. She would hate to see her fans were disturbed or frustrated because of her personal situation, as reported by PRNewswire on July 15, 2010.

If her friends and fans wanted to know what's happening with her, they should follow some reliable news agency or media rather than just clicking on any links in search results. They can also follow her Twitter feed to get the news directly from her, she added.

Norton advises the users to be cautious in clicking on the links for stories that are either sensationalized or include details that sounds too good to be authentic. The company also suggests that users should not share these types of links on the social networking websites.

The firm has reported that criminals easily observe newsworthy topics and then infect thousands of legal and illegal web pages with various keylogging programs, spywares, viruses and other types of malware so that they can access people's computers and steal their log-in credentials and other personal details.

Further, Norton looks ahead to see a spike in these fake search results over the next few weeks, as the news of Lindsay Lohan's prison sentence gain a further impetus.

This is not the first time when cyber criminals have used this actress to exploit internet surfers. In the past, they have tried to create trouble by offering a bogus Lindsay Lohan sex tape.

Besides, stories related to the deaths of Patrick Swayze and Michael Jackson were exploited by cyber criminals. More recently, searches related to the Twilight, World Cup 2010 and Apple iPad were used to propagate malware.

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