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Royal Wedding Brings Spam and Malware

In wearily predictable fashion, security vendors have been quick to warn users about increasing volumes of Royal Wedding-related spam, scams and malicious software.

Symantec explained in a blog post of various spam campaigns hoping to cash in on the big day by advertising items including a replica of Princess Diana's engagement ring, a "limited edition Buckingham Mint Royal Wedding Commemorative Coin" and limited edition customisable mugs and t-shirts.

Blackhat SEO attackers have also predictably used the event to attract news-hungry users to malicious sites

Symnatec said it has seen over 500 compromised sites used in this campaign over the past few days.

"Attackers create multiple fake pages on each site and use unethical SEO techniques - such as keyword stuffing, cloaking, and link farming - to 'game' the search engine algorithms to achieve high search engine rankings," the firm said.

"When searching for information on the internet, make sure your legitimate antivirus software is updated and be wary of scam pages asking you to download 'anti virus' software."

Slightly shaky research conducted by security firm Imperva at this year's Infosecurity Europe event confirmed the stats.

It revealed that 38 per cent of security professionals have seen the wedding being used for malvertising, 34 per cent have observed related spam and 20 per cent incidents of blackhat SEO.

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