The same week that 'New Moon' is slated to hit theaters, a new 'scareware' scheme targets Internet users looking for info on the 'Twilight' franchise.
Fans of "Twilight" and "New Moon" already have plenty to be scared about – vampires, werewolves, a swirling debate over the feminist values of Stephenie Meyer's hit series.
But what about malware? According to reports from the around the Internet this morning, the Twihard set was recently targeted by a group of online scammers, who sought to profit off the "New Moon" hype.
Here's how it went down: If you searched for "Stephenie Meyer" on Google yesterday, one of the results that popped up was a listing for "Stephenie Meyer at 365Multimedia.com." Sounds fairly innocuous. Clicking on the link launched a security scan, which told users that their computer was at risk of malware infestation.
Of course the whole thing was a scam, and those unlucky enough to click through the prompts were asked to purchase a cleanup program for $80.
80 bucks! That's a lot of movie theater tickets. Or a lot of copies of Stephenie Meyer's books. Either way – it's a bad way to lose a hefty chunk of change.