Hackers Exploit Royal Engagement

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The official announcement of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton happened scant days ago, but that hasn't stopped hackers exploiting web users searching the net for the latest news about the happy couple.

According to security firm Websense, poisoned search results have already started appearing in Google and other search engines. The search results lead to malicious web pages that infect a user's PC with malware when they navigate to the pages.

According to Websense's 2010 Threat Report, more than one in five (22.4 percent) of all searches for current news lead to malicious search results.

Security firm Sunbelt Software said that within minutes of the engagement being made public, it detected a poisoned link that appeared in results when 'images of Kate Middleton' was searched for on Google. The link displays the image but then redirects the user to friefox.ddns.pl, where a Trojan is downloaded on to their PC.

It's not uncommon for hackers to exploit a current news event that is drawing great attention and Internet traffic. sports sites are a favorite target, as are celebrity names of all sorts.

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