Tag: "Scareware"

The Proliferation Of Scareware Hits Home

The Proliferation Of Scareware Hits Home

The agitation in the voice on the phone shook me from sleep early Saturday morning: My Uncle the surgeon had a computer problem and he was concerned enough to call. He explained he had been trying to view pictures of a newly renovated base in South Korea when all of a sudden McAfee popped up and did a scan, revealing 28 viruses. But for some reason the new module McAfee wanted him to install wasn’t working because the site wouldn’t accept either of his credit card numbers.

Scareware Purveyors, Spammers, and Crooks Take Advantage of Haiti Earthquake

Scareware Purveyors, Spammers, and Crooks Take Advantage of Haiti Earthquake

Bad actors have taken advantage by engaging in search engine poisoning including taking over existing web sites, using techniques that boost search ranking, and installing malicious software using scareware tactics on user’s PC’s. They also set up fake donation web sites. Finally, they employ Spam e-mail, Twitter messages, and related electronic communication methods in order to direct users to these web sites.

Meet Faith...or Emily...or...the face of the new Facebook attack

Facebook’s Faith: A New Scareware Attack

On Thursday morning, AVG researcher Roger Thompson, after sourcing some spyware attacks to a series of Facebook profiles, noted that these few hundred profiles were showing up with the same profile image (seen at left) but different profile information. The home video link on these profiles, belonging to Faith / Emily / whoever, points to the a web site that displays scareware dialogs.