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on Friday, 20 July 2012
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Beware Dark Knight Viruses - Batman Would Not Approve

Dark Knight Rises

Antivirus company Thirtyseven4, LLC cautions today of the increased dangers and risks associated with tomorrow's release of "The Dark Knight Rises."

The final chapter of director Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy is already attracting millions of search engine queries worldwide and its popularity opens the door for cybercriminals to attack anxious fans hoping to get a sneak peek before the film's official release Friday at midnight.  Thirtyseven4 advises extreme caution when searching for more information on the film and says it is best to steer clear of sites touting leaked footage or pirated downloads of "The Dark Knight Rises."

"The exploitation of highly anticipated blockbuster films for malware propagation is nothing new, especially with Drive-by style attacks. We've seen it with the Harry Potter films and even more recently with The Hunger Games," said Steven Sundermeier, Owner of Thirtyseven4. "Search terms like 'Christopher Nolan,' 'Christian Bale / Batman,'  'Anne Hathaway / Catwoman' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' are highly likely to be used by attackers to attract unsuspecting fans to sites containing malicious files and false scams in the coming days," concluded Sundermeier. 

Thirtyseven4 has developed free dedicated security tools to help users combat and remove malicious files, should they fall victim to a Dark Knight scam or tactic.

"Inevitably there will be users drawn to a site pledging a rare pirated download or those who can't resist the temptation to supply their coveted personal information with a scammer in exchange for the promise of some free tickets or Dark Knight merchandise.  As the battle for good versus evil hits the big screen this weekend, we want to do our best to make sure it stays there and off the computer screens of unsuspecting fans," concluded Sundermeier.

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