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Spam Scam Targets Miley Cyrus Fans

Miley Cyrus turns 18 this week. It's a big deal to fans who watched (or grew up with) her over the past several years as she starred in Disney's popular series "Hannah Montana."

But as eSecurity Planet reports, a new Facebook scam promising steamy videos of the soon-to-be adult is tricking some people into filling out online surveys and becoming de facto spam distributors at the same time.

"The scammers' end game is to trick you into taking an online survey," Graham Cluley, a Sophos security analyst, wrote in a blog posting. "You're tricked into believing that you need to complete the survey in order to see the promised content."


Miley Cyrus, a.k.a. Hannah Montana, turns 18 this week and online data thieves have been busy devising online traps to steal data and spread spam capitalizing on the teen pop princess's likeness and online popularity to ensnare more victims.

A Google search for Cyrus, who for years has been a popular lure for socially engineered spam and malware campaigns, returns more than 73 million results so malware authors know there's surely going to be a market for anything related to her.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Online Crooks Celebrate Miley Cyrus' 18th Birthday