Feeds

Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

We KNEW there'd be an IT angle on the little blighter

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

It's the moment malware writers worldwide have been waiting ages for: millions of royal-watchers at home and at work will be in front of their computers, hunting for the first pictures of the soon-to-be-born third heir to the throne.

The Duchess of Cambridge's labour has started, it was confirmed this morning. The baby, whatever its sex, will be third in line to the throne; following a change in the law, if the child is a girl* she will not be leapfrogged by a younger brother to the crown.

And as with many a popular story - be it a natural disaster or celebrity death - malware-flingers have long been gestating plenty of scams and malware which they are more than ready to deliver.

"Malware authors worldwide have been waiting ages for this," according to anti-malware veteran turned independent security blogger Graham Cluley. "Exclusive first pictures", "Secret video from inside delivery room" and "Sex revealed" images from the royal birth might become the theme of scams, according to Cluley. "I don't want to scaremonger, but it's easy to imagine," he said.

The story of a royal birth will be so big that it's inevitable the bad guys will jump on the bandwagon, according to Cluley, who pointed out that malicious actors had previously menaced Wills and Kate.

Cybercriminals were quick to exploit Kate and Wills' engagement. They were also quick to latch onto a story about a possible pregnant Kate Middleton doll in an attempt to entrap user in malware scams.

High-profile news stories are often used to trick surfers into visiting scareware portals or exploit-ridden sites using search engine manipulation, or blackhat SEO tactics. But virus writers are unreliable types at the best of times, so scams do not always appear.

Sean Sullivan, a security adviser at F-Secure, joked that scams might be more likely if Kate gives birth to twins.

He said: "So, it it were twins, and a C-section, is it the doctor that decides the line of succession. Are there protocols?" ®

* Hours after publication, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy, we're pleased to add.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.