scareware

tripwire.com

Prison for man who assisted scareware scheme that targeted newspaper website

A man wanted for his part in a lucrative criminal operation that spread scareware via the Minnesota Star Tribune website, who spent years on the run from the FBI, has finally been sent to prison.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Malvertising campaign pushes data-collecting VPN on iOS users

A malvertising campaign is targeting iOS devices with a VPN that doesn’t hide the fact it collects large quantities of users’ information.

David Bisson reports.


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Scareware scammers lock iOS Safari to extort ransom from users

Extortionists have locked iPhone users’ browsers with infinite pop-ups in an attempt to scare users into paying up.

David Bisson reports.


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bitdefender.com

Has Office Depot claimed your PC had a malware infection when it didn’t?

US retail giant Office Depot has been accused of intentionally tricking its customers by selling costly computer fixes for malware problems that simply don’t exist.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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intego.com

Fake Flash Player update infects Macs with scareware

Mac scareware is being spread, with a little help from a legitimate Apple developer certificate. Be on your guard for bogus security warnings!

Read more in my article on the Intego Mac Security blog.


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Seen the Tapsnake virus warning on your Android? Here’s what you need to know

Android users risk being duped by scareware adverts, that try to fool them into thinking that their devices are infected by malicious software.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Sneaky fake company virus warnings trick users into installing malware

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?


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Automated Skype calls spread fake anti-virus warning [VIDEO]

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.


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Will Windows 8’s new interface herald full-screen scareware?

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.


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United Parcel Service malware attack spreads fake anti-virus

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.


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Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere sex video spreads Mac malware on Facebook

Mac users on Facebook are under malware attack again – with what claims to be a sex video of celebrities Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere.


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IMF boss rape video? Mac malware spreads via Facebook links

Mac OS X malware is being spread by sick messages spreading virally across Facebook, claiming to be a video of controversial IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn.


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