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Scareware pusher loses appeal against epic $163 million fine [POLL]

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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?

Monday review - the hot 15 stories of the week

Monday review

It's weekly roundup time. Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Android malware, Liberty Reserve, CSAW, Legal ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Watch our 60 Second Security videos and arm yourself with anecdotes you can use when your friends or colleagues ask you, "Do I really need to worry about things like privacy and security?"

Android malware in pictures - a blow-by-blow account of mobile scareware

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...

Monday review - the hot 19 stories of the week

Monday review

It's that time of the week again - here's your roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.

An unholy alliance - Fake Anti-Virus, meet Bogus Support Call!

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...

Fake anti-virus attack spread via bogus ADP anti-fraud update emails

Fake anti-virus attack spread via bogus ADP anti-fraud update emails

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.

Monday review: the hot 21 stories of the week

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In case you missed anything, here's a list of every story we've written in the last week, for your reviewing pleasure.

Warning!!!! Your pop-up ads may be fraudulent!!! FTC wins $163m settlement against scareware firm

Warning!!!! Your pop-up ads may be fraudulent!!! FTC wins $163m settlement against scareware firm

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.

Sophos sucks? Being insulted by malware authors can be the best reward

Sophos sucks? Being insulted by malware authors can be the best reward

Sometimes things can get a little personal when dealing with the huge volume of malware that is discovered every day.

Ransomware makes child porn menaces in broken English

Ransomware makes child porn menaces in broken English

Malware threatens to contact police with evidence of child abuse material on your computer - unless you pay 3000 Euros.

Technical paper - Fake anti-virus: The journey from Trojan to a persistent threat

Technical paper - Fake anti-virus: The journey from Trojan to a persistent threat

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.

Fake anti-virus disguises used by Android malware

Fake anti-virus disguises used by Android malware

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.

Easter eggs, with a side order of scareware

Easter eggs, with a side order of scareware

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.

A sneak peek into fake anti-virus affiliate support

A sneak peak into fake anti-virus affiliate support

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.

Metropolitan Police malware warning issued - beware the ransomware attack!

Metropolitan Police malware warning issued - beware the ransomware attack!

The Metropolitan Police has warned Windows users of a malware attack that poses as a message from the computer crime-fighting cops themselves.

Is this the resurgence of Blackhat SEO?

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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.

FTC issues rebates to victims of fake anti-virus scam

FTC files complaint against Wyndham Hotels for not protecting sensitive customer information

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.

Sneaky fake company virus warnings trick users into installing malware

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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?

Strategies for monitoring fake anti-virus distribution networks

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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.