Royal Family engagement creates scareware opportunity
Wedding news searchers should stay away from portals of doom
The British Royal Family launched the biggest scareware marketing opportunity for months on Tuesday when Prince William announced plans to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year.
Cybercrooks commonly manipulate search results for newsworthy items to point surfers towards scareware portals that warn of non-existent threats on PCs in a bid to trick users into buying worthless technology. News that the second in line to the throne plans to get married next year is the arguably the biggest celebrity news since Michael Jackson died last year.
By coincidence the engagement was announced a day after the UK government launched the latest edition of its Get Safe online campaign with a warning over calls attempting to flog worthless scareware software.
The Queen may be on Facebook but she's perhaps not fully up to speed with government cybersecurity announcements, we suppose.
No scareware scams themed around the Royal engagement have appeared as yet and perhaps none will but it's better to be safe than sorry. We on the Reg's tin foil hat/internet meltdown desk like to get our warnings in early.
Surfers hoping to see pictures of the happy events would be well advised to restrict themselves to official news channels, such as this BBC report of the happy announcement here. ®
But isn't this ...
... a second level scareware - creating scares about scareware fests.
...what week in 2011 the wedding will take place, but it will be the wrong one to quite sniffing glue.
Not that I have anything against the couple, in fact that is the problem, how to escape the muffled running royal commentary as the entire country watches to see if the royals can out do the Beckhams, not to mention weeks of documentaries popping up in odd places about this wedding, terrorism scares. previous weddings, etc... the only hope I can find is that they might do a comedy-special positing what sort of doo Harry would have
Excellent! - I wondered how El Reg was going to get an IT angle out of this.