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Fake nude videos of Emma Watson are being used to spread a computer virus

The malware scam begins with links on Facebook.

HAVE YOU SEEN a link on Facebook promising a leaked video of Emma Watson?

You shouldn’t click on it – yes, because it’s incredibly bad form, but also because it’ll lead you straight to a malware scam.

People Emma Watson Source: AP/Press Association Images

Software company Bitdefender has warned that alleged naked videos of the actress are infecting computers with a Trojan virus.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Catalin Cosoi of Bitdefender said the scam begins on Facebook:

It all starts with a Facebook comment promising to reveal private or leaked videos of Emma Watson. The comments are automatically posted by users infected with the malware. As is the case with many Facebook scams, victims end up as marketers for cyber-crooks.

When clicked, the link takes you to a fake YouTube website and tells you to update your Flash Player to watch the video.

tech-emma-watson-trojan-virus-screenshot Source: Screengrab via Digital Spy

From there Trojan downloads malicious components into your computer’s files, where it can search through personal information, steal phone numbers and hijack Facebook sessions.

(Just to be clear, there is no evidence to suggest you will actually be able to access a nude video of Emma Watson if you click on the link and download the virus. Don’t click on it.)

The scam comes after Watson was pinpointed as the next target of hackers who previously stole private photos belonging to female celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian.

The claims were later revealed to be a marketing ploy.

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