Movie offer is not a wizard deal

By Celeste Gorrell Anstiss

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Cybercheats are scamming passwords and user names from unsuspecting internet users, luring them with bogus offers of a free download of the new Harry Potter film.

Fans go to a site which promises a free download of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows then embeds a spy-bot virus into their computers.

The virus logs information typed into the computers, including passwords and user-names, which are then used to drain bank accounts and steal identities.

Lauren Young, cyber-crime spokeswoman for software company PC Tools, said the fraudulent websites look genuine.

"But it's unlikely that you're going to get a free movie that's just come out without putting yourself at a significant threat."

- Herald on Sunday

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