Sometimes searching for your favourite celeb doesn’t yield the happiest results. And, no, I’m not talking about finding out that they are seeing someone who isn’t you. No, these beloved Hollywood’s starlettes have been misused to inadvertently peddle phishing, malware, and other scams using the old bait-and-switch scheme. Here’s our roundup of 13 celebs whose fandom was targeted with a simple tap or click of a mouse.
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"Consumers may not be fully aware that the searches they conduct pose a risk, nor may they understand the detrimental effects that can occur when personal information is compromised in exchange for access to their favourite celebrities, movies, TV shows or music,” writes Gary Davis, McAfee’s Consumer Security Evangelist. “Many users don’t realize that simple internet searches of their favourite celebrities could potentially lead to malicious content, as cybercriminals often leverage these popular searches to entice users to click on dangerous links.”
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While it was an odd, roundabout backdoor technique, this made it much more tricky to shut down, as the URL was well-hidden and not identifiable in the malware code.
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Scammers used this urge as bait to score access to susceptible computers and phones by creating fake DeGeneres Facebook pages that posed the Photoshopped daytime talk show host in front of cash, fancy cars, and large cheques. Posts that ran on these various pages used images and videos stolen from DeGeneres’ real social media accounts. Though, if you actually watched the videos, you’ll notice they’re not even related to the alleged giveaway. Hence why the comments contained various links for users to click to get the details on how they can score a seat at the taping. The only thing these batch of fans got was malware. Nothing kind about that, huh?
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