Cybercriminals have hijacked the term "royal baby" in an effort to mask malicious links sent to unsuspecting royalists and baby enthusiasts, according to Websense.
The security vendor claims its Websense ThreatSeeker Intelligence Cloud tool detected and stopped 60,000 emails containing "threat lure" terms relating to the newborn baby since it was announced the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labour on Monday.
Terms such as "Royal baby: Dianna, Charlotte or Albert?", "Amazing, incredible share! Follow our leader!" and "Royal baby in fantastic picture!" have been identified as some of the key subject lines used by cybercriminals to lure unsuspecting users.
Websense said this kind of email security threat tends to develop when topics of worldwide interest develop and advised users against opening the tempting email.
"It is unlikely that reputable news agencies will send unsolicited email, and, therefore any unexpected message should be treated with caution," the firm claimed on its Security Labs Blog.
"By their very nature, lures rely on human curiosity and our thirst for knowledge."
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