McAfee Marks Prince William the Riskiest Imperial Online
McAfee the security company, which conducted a research recently, reports that surfing on the Web for the 'Duke of Cambridge,' Prince William can be most dangerous for end-users searching royals.
It isn't the Stuxnet worm of the Anonymous hacktivist group that is so dangerous online as it's with the search terms associated with the would-be monarch i.e. Prince William among the list of well-known individuals.
Thus, keywords for searching, such as "Prince William photos," "Prince William downloads," "Prince William videos," and "Prince William" especially pose risk to users towards getting their PCs compromised as nasty cyber-criminals aim at filching those users' private information using adware, spyware, virus, phishing, spam or more malware, McAfee outlines in its study.
The company additionally states that some more Royals within the just published survey namely Kate Middleton or Duchess of Cambridge is on No.2; Prince of Wales or Prince Charles on No.3; and Prince Harry on No.4 as the subsequent riskiest imperial names for hunting online.
Thereafter, on No.5 is Queen Elizabeth, whose jubilee was being commemorated during June's 1st-weekend this year (2012).
Remarking about the above intriguing discoveries of the study, Chief Technical Officer Raj Samani for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) stated that being recently married Prince William's profile increased still more and therefore it wasn't any surprise that online miscreants capitalized on his popularity for attacking Internet surfers. The con artists were clever as they customized malware campaigns to anything people were most likely for hunting on the Net, he added. Recombu.com published this in news on June 4, 2012.
Samani recommended that users required maintaining their precious private data safe during the current days via doing secured surfing after making sure the websites they accessed had been declared harmless for browsing.
In the meantime, McAfee has conducted surveys of the above kind earlier too that concentrated particularly on socialites, celebrities and royals. The company's "Most Dangerous Celebrities" survey during 2011 disclosed admirers of Heidi Klum, the celebrated actress, searching online using keywords associated with her name, only to end up with downloading malicious software especially viruses onto their PCs.
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