Stephen Gately’s death exploited by scareware hackers

Graham Cluley

Stephen Gately of the popular Irish boy band Boyzone has died at the age of 33.

Just as we saw with the high profile deaths of other celebrities, such as actor Patrick Swayze and actress Natasha Richardson, hackers have not been slow to take advantage of this breaking news story.

Using search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques, cybercriminals have pushed poisoned webpages high on Google’s search results for pop fans hunting for more news on Gately’s demise.

If you visit one of these websites on an unprotected computer then you will be bombarded with bogus security warnings that try and convince you that your PC is infected with malware.

The hackers’…

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.