Johnny Depp Killed By Malware. Savvy?

watch out for celebrity death hoaxes

There is a story currently going around the internet that claims that Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp is dead.

Is it true?


Johnny Depp not dead

The reports about Depp’s supposed death are nothing new, having first been spotted way back in 2004

Johnny Depp dies after fatal car crash

BORDEAUX, France (CNN) — Johnny Depp’s car was found along side a road outside Bordeaux, France, with the guard rail embedded deep inside the car.

If you click on that link you’ll be taken to what looks like a real page from CNN about the actor.

If you read past the first few paragraphs, however, you’ll discover that the story is in fact about some British divers working in France.

Whoever was behind the original hoax simply changed the start of the story to create their hoax.

So how does this link into malware?

Well, hackers watch the internet for trends and the story of Depp’s supposed death was certainly hot over the weekend.

If you go Googling for news then there are now sites popping up about the alleged tragedy that contain links to videos… or so it seems.

Over to Graham Cluley from Sophos for a better demonstration of where the malware may come from –

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So, remember, stories of Johhny Depp’s demise are very much a hoax, just like previous ones about Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson dying in car crashes.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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