Serena Williams outburst an ‘ace’ for cyber criminals

Cyber criminals have exploited Serena Williams’ US Open semi-final outburst, igniting a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) campaign that could result in internet users unwittingly downloading malicious software, warns Symantec.

The video of Serena Williams shouting at a line judge is currently one of the internet’s most hotly searched items, but curious surfers should take care of where they watch it for fear of scoring their own double fault.

Symantec has warned Internet users to be wary of searching for terms such as “Serena Williams Outburst” as they could be directed to a domain called pixnat.com which hosts fake antivirus scanners.

Hon Lau, senior security response manager at Symantec, said, “Unwary visitors to this site will instantly see browser windows pop-up warning them of various security threats, before being offered the chance to download a program that will fix them. They should refuse this as this is fake antivirus software that could harm their computers.”

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