Online tricksters are using Prince William’s name as malware bait – as well as Kate Middleton and Prince Charles – ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee
Prince William has been called the most dangerous Royal in cyberspace by security firm McAfee – by which it means cybercriminals are using his name to lure people onto bogus websites and spread malware.
Search terms including ‘Prince William’ or ‘Prince William downloads,’ ‘Prince William photos’ and “Prince William videos” are particulary at risk of being hijacked by unsavoury online types wishing to steal your personal data through spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.
Kate Middleton was the second most dangerous royal to search for, while Prince Charles came in at number three, Prince Harry at four, and the Queen – who you may have heard is celebrating her Jubilee this weekend – at number five.
“With Prince William’s recent marriage raising his profile even higher than before, it’s no surprise that the cyber-crooks have taken advantage of his popularity to target consumers”, said Raj Samani, EMEA CTO, McAfee. “The bad guys are smart, and they adapt their scams to appeal to whatever we’re most likely to be searching for. To keep your valuable personal data safe over the Jubilee weekend, surf securely by ensuring the sites you visit have been verified as safe.”