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FTC cracks down on tech support scams and feds nail fake AV perps

The federal government took much needed action today against sleazy PC tech support scammers and fake AV peddlers. Actions include lawsuits, a judgment of $163 million, and freezing of multiple assets. PC tech support scammers will be familiar to regular readers of this blog because David Harley and others have charted the progress of this

Dorifel/Quervar: the support scammer's secret weapon

The threat of the Dorifel/Quervar malware spreading in the Netherlands is being used by telephone scammers to trick local PC users into paying for ‘protection’.

Google Eye Phish: Bait Me A Hook In The Morning

…I’ve been seeing quite a few scrawny, toothless piranha mailed from email addresses that are often spoofed but invariably dubious like google.phishing.team@a_latvian_mail_provider.com…

MacDefender undergoes a name change, MacShield

The MacDefender malware has morphed again, now taking the guise of "MacShield."   As in the case of its oldest sibling MacDefender, the MacShield variant has taken the name of a legitimate Mac OSX software product with small distribution, doubtless causing the real developer significant heartache. The UI is essentially unchanged, but as usual all

Social engineers don’t care about your OS: and nor should you

Security companies in general and, unfortunately, anti-malware companies in particular, are often accused of ‘hyping’ threats because of a perceived self-interest. However, in the main, legitimate vendors and researchers like those at ESET typically try to resist overhyping or playing up threats where possible, in favor of more balanced discussion that can help customers take

Cyberthieves just love a good wedding, or a funeral…

Not using Twitter or Facebook is, in these times, akin to not owning or using a mobile ‘phone. Last night’s events – the reported death of Osama Bin Laden – proved that we are well and truly in the Twitter era (Twitter reported that over 4000 tweets per second were made immediately preceding the President’s

SC Magazine: Cybercrime Corner

You may not be aware that ESET writers have been supplying blogs to SC Magazine for a while now. Recently, Randy Abrams and I were drafted in after the original contributors moved on, and we started contributing this week: Poachers and Gamekeepers considers whether there is a conflict of interest when AV companies work with

More unflattering imitation

[Update: more information from ESET on this malware here.] Last October, my colleague Tasneem Patanwala blogged about rogue antivirus masquerading as an ESET product. In that instance it was a product calling itself Smart Security, and Tasneem's blog includes lots of useful information about that particular malware, and fake AV in general. Looking through my

Support Scams: This Time It’s Personal

Speaking of the October 2010 ThreatSense report, which includes an article on fake support and AV… A few days ago I wrote an article about fake support scams, a topic I've addressed before for Security Week – Fake AV, Fake Support  -and here on the ESET blog. What was missing, I guess, was that extra edge

Support Scams On The Rise (1)

Urban Schrott, IT Security & Cybercrime Analyst, ESET Ireland, contributed an article to ESET's July ThreatSense report about support scams. Since this is an issue that is still being under-reported, we thought it was worth reproducing, with the urbane Mr. Schrott's permission, on the blog. While we're on that topic, there's a video worth watching

Support Scam Info: Some More Links

Further to my last blog here, it seems that I've been missing some serious fake AV telephone scam action. Some links provided by my good friend Steve B. Nice one, Steve. :) ALERT: metsupport.com – yet another telephone based fraud (aka SupportOnClick revisited – again) http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2010/06/alert-metsupportcom-yet-another.html techonsupport.com, click4rescue.com, pcrescueworld.com: SupportOnClick revisited http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2009/12/techonsupportcom-click4rescuecom.html SupportOnClick: Phoned by

Marketing Misusing ESET’s Name

The individual concerned had received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, and informing him that notification had been received concerning a virus infection on his PC, and offering to help him to install antivirus software. When asked what antivirus software was being offered, the caller claimed that it was ESET’s.

Paying for free software

Adobe 0-days are not the only way in which you can be bitten by a PDF.

McAfee and SEO poisoning: there but for the grace…

ESET is not going to try to capitalize on McAfee's unfortunate false positive problem (and nor, I'm sure, is any other reputable vendor). Such problems can arise for any AV vendor: it's an inevitable risk when you're trying to walk the line between the best possible detection of threats and avoidance of false detections (someone please

Another Look at Koobface: How It Infects Facebook Users

Earlier this month, we reported on the massive new Koobface campaign making the rounds through Facebook and how it tricked users into downloading and running it through that tenet of social engineering, the fake codec. We now have a video showing how the Koobface worm tricks users into running it: NOTE: The audio is not

Polish Air Accident and Blackhat SEO

Thanks to Marcin Gajewski for pointing out that Lech Kaczynski was the President of Poland, not the Prime Minister. I really shouldn't try to blog after a full day's travelling :( While I was enjoying a rare few days off, my colleagues at ESET Latin America were posting a blog article about the ugly way in

Virus, Anti-Virus, Fake Anti-Virus

Round here, we're more than a little concerned about fake/rogue antivirus (and other fake security software). It's an ugly form of ransomware that hurts its victims in many ways. It scares them by threatening dire consequences and damage from malware that doesn't exist (except in the sense that the fake AV is itself malware), in

Unnamed App: it’s the SEO that matters, not the app

As more information and discussion has come in on this, it now merits an update in its own right. It seems that there is at least one other unnamed app around as well as the Boxes issue, and while I've no reason to assume that it's malicious, I'd hardly advise that you rush into installing

Unnamed App Facebook Scam

[Update: There's been quite a lot of discussion and extra information coming in on this. It seems to me that there is at least one unnamed app around as well as the Boxes issue, and while I've no reason to assume that it's malicious, I'd hardly advise that you rush into installing an application when

(Fake) Videos of Berlusconi attack

It is public knowledge that the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hit in the face which left him with facial injuries, a broken nose and several broken teeth. The video of the attack is circulating on the Internet but at this time, if you search for them on any search engine it is possible

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