Cyber criminals aim to be Royal Wedding crashers
In the Norton survey, 87 per cent of Australians said they would be following news about the Royal Wedding compared to just 62 per cent of US respondents.
Seven per cent say they will watch the wedding live online.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s gala nuptials qualify as truly the first royal “e-wedding” and it will be followed on the internet more closely than any that went before it.
After TV, the internet will be the most common place for Australians to seek information about the Royal Wedding. Three times as many people will follow the event online compared to newspapers.
This massive number of web surfers and curious Royal Wedding followers is like a red rag to a bull for cyber criminals.
Norton expects these hackers will try a number of dirty tactics including SEO (search engine optimisation) poisoning,
SEO poisoning is a common practice among cyber criminals who load up certain search terms – in this case things relating to the Royal Wedding – to lead people to sites that would infect unprotected computers.
Norton warns users to think before they click.
Users should be wary of Royal Wedding links promising things like “leaked footage”, “scandalous pictures” and “secret information” as they may lead to these sites which may compromise computers with no or out-dated security software.
Other hints from Norton include keeping your security software up to date, and sticking with sites you know.
Unfortunately one in 10 who are following the Royal Wedding online do not have security software on their computer while a further nine per cent are unsure about their protection.
One in five Australians following the event online are at risk of becoming the victim of a cyber criminal.