The tragic loss of Whitney Houston has fueled online schemes. After news of Whitney Houston’s death hit the Internet, her name became a trending topic on Facebook and Twitter. The media frenzy provided the perfect environment for cybercrime.
A security firm known as TrendMicro found one such scam using the entertainer’s name on Twitter. When people click on the link in the tweet they are taken to a Whitney Houston blog that has information about her career. The blog redirects to a page that has downloadable Whitney Houston wallpapers. The site then then provides an offer to download ringtones requiring people to enter their cellphone number.
The scheme quickly moved on to Facebook. People can protect themselves and their computers by never downloading anything that looks suspicious even if the link is from a Facebook or Twitter friend. Common sense and a good anti-virus program can protect your computer and your identity.