"Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, came across the scam via a Bing Images search for Taylor Swift."
This was after doing Bing searches for photos of Alicia Keyes, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Who knew having a thing for young American female singers could be a career advancer.
PS. Yes, assume a joke icon.
Should I know
who Taylor Swift is?
Am I missing out on something that is essential for my continued existence and happiness?
Not quite a malware issue, that it goes no further than your browser.
Re-set Safari, kill off the cookies and history and hey presto.
I don't think this will panic Mac user too much, and it's not like a windows infection that goes to the heart of the software is it?
"Ah, so you want to be a Security Research. Welcome. I'm afraid you'll need to start at the bottom of the ladder, spending all day searching the web for young attractive women"
Where do I sign?
Re: Should I know
I don't know about existence, but your happiness will be much obliged if go on not hearing her music. Pictures are fine though.
Don't Reset Safari
The advice in that video should be ignored. After force-quitting Safari, just hold down the Shift key when starting up Safari again, and it will duly oblige by not opening the last page it was looking at.
Taylor Swift is...
A female twenty-something singer/performer that some people drool over here in the USA. Your mileage may vary.
Re: Taylor Swift is...
Personally, I don't get it. I've seen her plenty of times in pictures, and she's certainly no Jessica Alba.
Plus, her 'singing' voice is whiney, weak and just plain awful.
Re: Taylor Swift is...
USA Country-pop just doesn't sell well with sophisticated European audiences, though.
This is why they invented the NoScript add on. Also useful for blocking other things too.
Does that even work in Safari? I thought it was for Firefox only.
I find it quite useful. Any web site that does that and requires me to approve scripts from sites that I don't know and trust before it'll work gets an instant "close tab". Bloody idiots.
I use NoScript and Ghostery*.
This has the advantage of when you select "Temporarily allow all this page" in NoScript then Ghostery will put up a brief notification showing all the blocked trackers.
Try the Telegraph to see what I mean. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
*and RefControl and BetterPrivacy and AdBlockPlus
Jerome Segura, came across the scam via a Bing Images search for Taylor Swift.
Yeah, that's what I'd tell my employer too if I got caught doing an image search for Taylor Swift!
Now to look for images of Taylor Momsen...
The people who write and distribute...
...this SCUMWARE should be hung by their balls for about six months until they have a clue.
I got this the other day browsing a torrent site. Hadn't clicked anything, suddenly my monitors all got covered in this warning - pic of a friendly police man with his arms folded and all this text about laws I'd violated including terrorism, violent or sadistic websites and child porn... but if, IF, I was to pay $99 to Nottinghamshire Police and super super promised not to do it again, it'd be viewed as a "caution" and it'd be ok.
What first alerted me to the fact it might be suspicious was that they were asking in dollars. That and the obvious :D
But yeah - I've seen it and that was on Chrome / Win 7.
Reboot fixed it. Scratched that torrent site off my bookmarks.
Still haven't succeeded in learning to write cogent sentences, I see.
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