Twilight fans beware of poisoned links warns internet security firmThe buzz surrounding the launch of the latest film in the Twilight series has led to an increase of malicious search results relating to the movie as cyber criminals attempt to trap fans looking for information online, according to Norton.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One, the latest installment in the movie series based on Stephenie Meyer’s books, premiered in the US on November 14 and will be arriving in cinemas around the world over the coming days.

According to internet security firm Norton the buzz surrounding the film’s release has led to an increase in the number of malicious or “poisoned” links relating to the film; the number of these links is expected to increase as interest in the movie builds.

According to Norton, when clicked these poisoned links can automatically download viruses, malware and key logging programs (which track what you type) on to the computer.

The top search terms, relating to Twilight, that return poisoned links of this nature are, according to Norton;

1. nude pictures of Taylor Lautner
2. Robert and Kristen kissing
3. Twilight true love

In order to avoid online threats the internet security firm advises internet users to take precautionary steps such as deleting emails from strangers with sensational wording and claims, downloading security software and using software to scan sites for malware before clicking on them.

According to a July report by internet security provider Panda Security, malware rose by 26 percent in the first three months of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010, equating to around 73,000 new threats released onto the internet each day. — AFP RELAXNEWS