The next film in the popular “Twilight” series is bound for box office success as it releases in the cinemas across the UAE today, and “Twihards” everywhere are on the prowl for any details they can find online about “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” Savvy cybercriminals know curiosity may overcome caution when it comes to the supernatural series.
Norton has already found that many common searches related to the movie are returning malicious results. When clicked, these “poisoned” links can automatically put viruses, keylogging programs (where criminals can monitor everything you type), and other nasty infected software on your smartphone, computer or tablet that can cause endless days of trouble, especially for teenages who are addicted to their mobile devices. Not to mention leaving your bank account as drained as a vampire’s victim.
Common searches that are turning up poisoned results tend to be for photos, trailers, clips, casting information and plot details on the series. Top search terms that we’ve already seen returning poisoned results include “Robert and Kristin kissing” and “Twilight true love”.
Norton has seen a spike in these poisoned search results with the release of the movie, and expects even more “Twilight”-related poison search results, scams and spam as the curiosity continues to peak.