What happens when a scammer decides to marry fake anti-virus and bogus support calls?
Paul Ducklin has a bit of a weekend chuckle at the result...
If the person who is telling you to install a security update can't be trusted, or isn't who they claim to be, there's a chance you could be heading into even bigger danger.
If you unwittingly downloaded malware to your computer which masqueraded as anti-virus software would you just clean it up and carry on, or report it to the authorities?
Sometimes things can get a little personal when dealing with the huge volume of malware that is discovered every day.
Fake anti-virus is one of the largest families of malware in recent history. In this technical paper, Jagadeesh Chandraiah takes a look at how scareware has evolved over the last three and a half years into what it is today.
The Android malware threat is growing.
And it's no surprise to see similar social engineering tricks that have worked on other operating systems in the past also being used on the Android platform.
Even fake anti-virus distributors need tech support as is shown in this frequently asked questions document captured from a Russian affiliate network. According to these criminals, social engineering is your best bet for selling fake software.
The FTC has reached a settlement with fake anti-virus sellers Innovative Marketing for $8.2 million. The FTC will begin sending rebate checks to more than 320,000 victims.
An email from someone in your company tells you that there's a virus problem which has resulted in data being stolen and some files being deleted. You are told to install an anti-virus tool to clean-up the infection properly.
Would you do it?
At the Virus Bulletin 2011 conference in Barcelona, Spain, Sophos's Onur Komili presented research into identifying distribution networks used to spread fake anti-virus software.
Beware automated Skype calls telling you that your PC's security is not active.
Not only are the messages unsolicited spam, but you could also be the next victim of a fake anti-virus attack.
Could the new simplified Windows 8 interface lead to a wave of new scareware/fake anti-virus attacks?
With Microsoft's Metro interface designed for full-screen apps, the temptation for hackers may be too great.
Even if you are one of the
several many entirely law-abiding users of BitTorrent, the mothership company Bittorrent, Inc. may recently have put you in harm's way.
The discovery of Android based SMS spyware related to Zeus toolkit raised a lot of interest in the anti-malware community.
The latest malware adopts the disguise of a Kaspersky anti-virus product.
Paul Ducklin joins Chester this week for Chet Chat episode 65. Chet and Paul discuss the impact of the recent FBI arrests of scareware purveyors, the arrest of Ryan Cleary and LulzSec's latest stunts, Trojanized WordPress plugins and the imaginary world of Bitcoin digital currency.
"It seems so easy to be a cybercrook - why don't the police do something about it?"
Despite the technical and legal complexities of taking on international cybercrime, the cops sometimes do get their man - or men.
Received a notification from United Parcel Service (UPS) that a parcel is winging its way to your door? Beware, it could be a spammed out fake anti-virus attack.
New fake anti-virus attacks are circulating that pretend to be critical updates from Microsoft Update. Don't fall for the lure, only install updates initiated through update.microsoft.com.