Searching for news of Kanye West’s Death leads to malware

Demonstrating the speed with with criminals now captialise on internet memes, criminals are using the strength of a prank/rumour to push malware.

Page 1 of the Google search results for "Kanye West Death"

Page 1 of the Google search results for "Kanye West Death"

 

A rumour started this morning that Kanye West had been killed in a “bizarre car accident”, the origin of this rumour has apparently been traced back to the 4chan message boards (although that blog posting appears now to have been removed from Mashable). It didn’t take very long at all for this to be become the top trending topic on Twitter and also the top search on Google as worried fans searched for real confirmation.

 

It’s no surprise that in very short order we are already seeing poisoned search results being returned on page 1 of the results that could lead the unwary to trouble. Just because something didn’t happen, doesn’t mean it won’t be abused for criminal purposes, be careful where you click,

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