Kristy Ross, employee at rogue anti-virus pushers Innovative Marketing Inc., dragged her appeal against her whopping $163 million fine through the courts for years - and has lost. Do you think the fine fits the crime?
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Fake anti-virus is mostly for Windows, with OS X a long way back in second place. But other operating systems aren't exempt from the depredations of cybercriminals.
Paul Ducklin shows you round some recently-discovered Android scareware...
It's that time of the week again - here's your roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.
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.
A US federal court has imposed a judgment of more than $163 million against a defendant in a case that pitted the US Federal Trade Commission against purveyors of so-called "scareware" programs designed to trick Internet users into believing their computer is infected.
Sometimes things can get a little personal when dealing with the huge volume of malware that is discovered every day.
Malware threatens to contact police with evidence of child abuse material on your computer - unless you pay 3000 Euros.
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.
Planning some activities this Easter? Perhaps buying some Easter eggs? Maybe hand decorating some eggs?
Before you go searching for tips, take a read of this post which highlights how seemingly innocent search terms can lead to malware.
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 Metropolitan Police has warned Windows users of a malware attack that poses as a message from the computer crime-fighting cops themselves.
Take a dive into some recent blackhat SEO attacks in this post to explore the facts behind the recent rise in reports of this threat. Site administrators in particular may be interested in some of the findings.
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.