Hackers exploit Oscar film awards to spread scareware

Graham Cluley

Last night saw Kathryn Bigelow’s hard-hitting film “The Hurt Locker”, about a bomb disposal team in Iraq, scoop the major gongs at the Academy Awards. It shouldn’t probably be any surprise to hear that movie buffs around the world used the internet to keep track of who won which Oscars, and – sadly -that hackers would try and exploit the event.

Internet users searching for phrases like

Oscars 2010 winners

may be putting the security of their computers at risk today, as some of the results returned by search engines can point to malicious webpages.

By using SEO (search engine optimisation) techniques, hackers have created webpages that are stuffed with content which appears to be related to the 2010 Oscars, but are really designed to infect your computer.

As you can see, information about the Oscars ceremony and award winners has been one of the hottest search topics overnight.

Clicking on the dangerous links takes you to a page which pretends…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.