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Rumors of Emma Watson's Death Leading to Rogue AV Sites

Date:07.27.2009

Threat Type: Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code

Websense Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered that a rumor claiming that the actress Emma Watson, made famous by the Harry Potter series of movies, died on the scene of a fatal car collision is spreading rogue AV sites on the Internet. The rumor itself is spreading rapidly through social networks such as Twitter.

The attackers have targeted the Google search engine via the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) poisoning technique: when a user searches for terms related to Emma Watson's death, the fake AV sites are returned as high as the fifth result on Google.

With the recent release of the latest movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, malware authors are attempting to capitalize on people's curiosity.

Search results from Google:

Screenshot of the rogue AV site:

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