Fake Microsoft Security Scam

April 30, 2013By Roy Tobin

Recently we have seen an increase in fake Microsoft scams, which function by tricking people into thinking that their PC is infected.  With these types of scams there are a number of things…read more

Fakealerts: Building a Better Mousetrap

November 25, 2009By Andrew Brandt

In general, the use of fakealerts – those bogus warnings that look like your PC has started some sort of antivirus scan on its own, then predict imminent doom if you don’t buy…read more

Rogues Mug Big Bird on his Birthday

November 4, 2009By Andrew Brandt

In a move sure to raise the ire of Sesame Street fans everywhere, the black hat SEO gangs that have been manipulating Google results for the better part of the year have seized…read more

One Click, and the Exploit Kit’s Got You

September 18, 2009By Andrew Brandt

After all the brouhaha surrounding the NYTimes.com website hosting ads which spawned rogue antivirus Fakealerts last weekend, I spent a considerable amount of time looking at so-called exploit kits this week. These are…read more

Rogues Impersonate Google, Firefox Security Alerts

August 7, 2009By Andrew Brandt

In the past week, we’ve begun to see new fakealerts — those disturbingly effective, entirely bogus “virus warning” messages — that appear to impersonate the appearance and text of legitimate warning dialogs you…read more

Jackson/Fawcett Malware is Extortion-ware

June 26, 2009By Andrew Brandt

As I reported yesterday, searches for information about the deaths of Michael Jackson or Farrah Fawcett were turning up links to malware. This came as no surprise to anyone, though the speed with…read more

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