Celebrity sites often used by fraudsters
By UK CreditCards.com
Credit card fraud can result from casual web browsers clicking on links promising celebrity gossip, McAfee has pointed out.
The online security firm said that criminals are stealing personal details from unwitting users searching for information about their favourite stars.
Glamour model and reality TV star Jordan, aka Katie Price, was found to be the riskiest celebrity, with 16% of UK searches for her leading users to a site containing spyware, malware or viruses.
Stories about other celebrities, including Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss, are also being used in the same way, while separate poll for the US identified actress Jessica Biel as the most popular spyware bait.
Once the details of the browser are stolen, fraudsters can use them to take out financial products such as credit cards in their victim's name.
Greg Day, an analyst at McAfee, said: "A quick flick across the front pages of the latest popular newspapers and magazines offers a fairly reliable snapshot of where the criminals will focus their efforts next."
Published: 28 August 2009
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