Tag Archives: scareware

DOJ, FBI Dismantle Global Scareware Ring

The Justice Department and the FBI, along with international law enforcement partners, have announced the indictment of two individuals from Latvia and the seizure of more than 40 computers, servers and bank accounts as part of Operation Trident Tribunal, a coordinated enforcement effort targeting global cyber crime. The operation targeted …

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Scary Movies, Halloween Popular Topics for Cyber Miscreants

Hackers are taking advantage of popular Hollywood scary movies, such as “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Friday the 13th,” to implement blackhat SEO attacks that target unsuspecting web users through search results, according to PandaLabs. In a blackhat SEO attack, cyber crooks place links to malicious sites in the search results …

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Scammers Attempts to Trick Users to Delete Legit Software

Scammers have developed a new virus designed to dupe users into uninstalling legitimate security products. A virus calling itself AnVi Antivirus, generates a pop-up message that legitimate applications are “uncertified” and should be removed, according to The Register. While many viruses work to surreptitiously disable security software, this new technique …

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Scareware among Fastest-Growing Online Scams, Says FBI

Pop-ups telling you your computer has been infected with a virus and then insisting on buying a certain anti-virus solution are not only incredibly annoying, but they can also masquerade as carriers of malware. Called scareware because they scare consumers into buying bogus anti-virus programs, this type of scam has …

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Swede, US Citizen Accused of Running Scareware Scam

An international cyber crime group is accused of luring Internet users in more than 60 countries to buy more than one million bogus software products, causing victims to lose more than $100 million. The charges allege a Cincinnati-area man and two other men believed to be living overseas deceived Internet …

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'Ransomware' Targets Japanese Porn Site Users

A Japanese cyber gang has come up with a way to extort money off those who pirate adult games: Pay up, or you will be embarrassed online. According to Computerworld, this type of scam is a new one in the world of “ransomware”–the practice of holding hostage a computer system …

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Social Networking Scammers Use Porn

Pornography is a favorite medium used by cyber criminals to attract potential victims, with fake pornographic sites collecting data from unsuspecting users and infected sites distributing malware to visitors. Scammers who seek to exploit victims using social networking are now employing this tried and true method as well, according to …

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