Hannah Montana: Cyberporn queen?

Hannah_lDisney’s squeaky-clean tween queen may be helping your kids download porn or worse. The virus and spyware experts at McAfee did some research to find the pop-culture search-engine queries whose results are most likely to lead unwitting users to the most infectious pages, and they found, for instance, that the most dangerous search query among currently popular songs is for "Life’s What You Make It" by Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus, pictured.) Kids who type that into their search engine in the hope of finding downloadable music, photos, and ringtones are most likely to wind up infecting their PCs with redirects to porn sites or data-stealing spyware that enables identity theft.

McAfee research analyst Shane Keats tells PopWatch that scammers closely follow popular culture in order to target kids and other naive and inexperienced Web surfers. "When they first get to an offer for a Hannah Montana screensaver, they just click yes. Three or four clicks later, they’ve got a single image of Hannah Montana that may or may not be legal, and they’re also going to give themselves porno pop-up ads." Of the scammers, Keats says, "You’ve really got to wonder how they sleep at night. It’s one thing to do that to a grown-up, another to do it to a kid who just wants to show their love for their favorite singer." He says he won’t let his own kids, ages 5 and 8, surf the ‘Net. "There’s just too much chance that they’ll see an image that they’ll never forget."

Other dangerous pop culture searches, Keats says, include rap tracks(Three 6 Mafia attracts some of the worst, he says; guess it’s hard outhere for a datapimp.) Less risky are country acts like Toby Keith, TimMcGraw, or Kenny Chesney (Keats says he doesn’t know why that is, givenhow popular they are) or celebrity couples (such as TomKat, AshtonKutcher and Demi Moore, or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner).

To protect your computer from pop-culture parasites, Keats suggeststhree tips: First, stick with the official sites; it’s safe to visitDisney’s pages if you’re looking for Hannah Montanabilia. Outside ofthe official sites, any free offer that sounds too good to be trueprobably is. Second, among search results, the engine-generated linkstend to be safer than the sponsored links placed there by advertisers.Third, get some good security software; naturally, Keats recommendsMcAfee’s free browser plug-in SiteAdvisor, but he says thecompetition’s products are worthwhile, too. "Otherwise," Keats says,"it’s like surfing naked."

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  • Stephen

    I think the guys who do this are the men who show up on ‘Dateline: To Catch a Predator’…..

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    If you are a computer programmer and are given over 80 grand to set up devices such as these vile programs, you would not have a conscience.
    The law for telemarketing should be the same for cyberspammers, child porn fiends, and spyware theives. And trust me when I say this: the “remove my name from the list” bovine excrement tag at the bottom of their websites only makes thing a hell of a lot worse.

  • Anonymous

    “There’s just too much chance that they’ll see an image that they’ll never forget.” Wow. So they’ll see a picture of naked people? So what?

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    …and their computers will crash. Virus software is not full proof you know. Secondly it is up to the parents to decide what is appropriate to view, not the media.

  • Hi

    But on the other side of The Internet Is Going to Eat Your Children!!!! story, we have the National School Boards Association who say that the internet is a great learning tool and schools should use it more. http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/08/school_boards_the_in.html
    Besides, I would guess that most kids are more internet savvy than their parents. I doubt they are going to Google and typing in Hannah Montana, they are going directly to Hannah Montana’s website or buying the music through iTunes if it’s available there.

  • Mr. X

    “Third, get some good security software; naturally, Keats recommends McAfee’s free browser plug-in SiteAdvisor, but he says the competition’s products are worthwhile, too. “Otherwise,” Keats says, “it’s like surfing naked.” Or they could just buy a Mac and surf using Firefox instead of IE, that eliminates most of these problems.

  • perv

    if pre-pubescent boys could see anyone naked, would it really be her? no offense, she’s pretty enough, but her?

  • A fan of Miley

    ok i typed that into a google search and nothin bad came up it’s all a lie

  • Me

    It’s obvious that a lot of you posters don’t give a @#$% about what kids get exposed to.
    And along the same lines as internet, picking up the phone to say ‘Hello’ has gotten to be a pretty chancy experience.

  • DJREX

    id have to agree with that stephanie traviski chick, only over protective parents with nothing to do but, ruin their childs lives are going to care, besides these kids are,
    9-10 maybe 12 yr.s old top, in like 2 yr.s they’ll be lookin up porn anyway.

  • DJREX

    id have to agree with that stephanie traviski chick, only over protective parents with nothing to do but, ruin their childs lives are going to care, besides these kids are,
    9-10 maybe 12 yr.s old top, in like 2 yr.s they’ll be lookin up porn anyway.

  • ichthus_man

    I, also, typed that into my Google search and in the first 3 pages (30 links) didn’t find anything alarming. I have had instances where these things have happened when I did do a search, especially without quotes.
    I think parents should never have a computer in a child’s room with internet access. Filters are not a very secure way to protect your precious children.

  • Miley Cyrus

    Hey everyone. None of this is true. im a Disney Channel Star, i love my fans. and iw ould never do that !

    • ivan

      yes you would liar you did it on utube miley cyrus you even made people see ur porn

  • ashley tisdale

    this is so not true ok miley is a good person i love her 2 death she would never do this so shut up ok i love u fans x0x0x0x0x0 ashley tisdale

  • Yeaaahhh!

    is it possible to find out if Miley Cyrus actually posted that or just some crazy fan?

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