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Kate Middleton is about to give birth to a huge new wave of malware.
If you have eyes and a pulse, you know Kate Middleton is currently in labor, and the royal baby is due soon. In the meantime, we’re busying ourselves envisioning what the baby will look like, what its name might be, and checking in on the livestream like it’s the Panda Cam.
While we’re all lathered up over the impending birth, glued to our computers, malware writers have other plans. According to computer security expert Graham Cluley, “[m]alware authors worldwide have been waiting ages for this.”
— Graham Cluley (@gcluley) July 22, 2013
He suggests that pros will be linking to “exclusive” first photos, “secret” video from the delivery room, or leaks from the hospital, which will lead to malicious pages and pelt your royal-baby-hungry computer with viruses. If she gives birth to twins, these bogus links will be even more likely. So, think before you click.
Photo via InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.