Oscars 2012 night to prompt surge in malware

Spike in malware expected after the Oscars 2011 ceremony prompted a 34% jump

As interest in the Oscars 2012 peaks, cyber criminals are expected to use terms like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Moneyball, Hugo, War Horse, Iron lady, The Artist, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese to strike

US computer infections will jump 30 per cent on Oscar’s night making it the biggest day for cyber crime so far this year.

That’s according to Alvin Estevez, the cofounder, president, and managing director of the Enigma Software Group, who warned users in a guest post on Forbes.com.

Cyber criminals take advantage of the huge upsurge in web searches and interest in the event by spamming out emails and links with titles including actors, actresses, and nominated films.

Users hungry for info on these topics click on the links, and are subsequently infected – or at least told they are.

It’s around that point pop ups promising to clean up the infections appear, and if hapless web surfers take this offer up they are prompted to enter their card details.

A similar surge was clocked at last year’s Oscar ceremony.

The ‘scare ware’ tactic has been used around various other big ticket events, and throughout the year by creating links with highly searched terms and celebrity names.