Hackers Claim Madonna's Got the Swine Flu

It's like "crazy news morning" here -- but if you get an email that swears that a celeb has the swine flu, do not open it!

Unless it's from me, of course.

According to a report from The Sun, computer hackers are sending out spam emails with the subject, "Madonna caught swine flu!" so you'll click and infect your computer with a virus. Other fake emails say it's Salma Hayek who is infected, or that an epidemic has hit Hollywood.

According to computer security firm McAfee Avert Labs, spam relating to the swine flu outbreak is taking over the internet.

"This is simple double whammy social engineering," spokesman Greg Day said. "We see attackers all the time try and trick us into infecting ourselves through the use of current affairs and popular topics. Here is a topic everyone is watching the news for information about and here's a big celebrity who people want to follow the gossip from. People will want to click it and that's the goal from the attackers."

So, again, don't believe the hype. Unless you're hearing it from me (or any other reliable gossip source) do not open those emails! Consider yourself warned.

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