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[News] [Rival] New Scary Software for Windows

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] New Scary Software for Windows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:02:11 +0000
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Scareware gets Scarier

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| There I was doing some research on a story, 
| well actually looking for the latest Dr. Who 
| episode, when I was presented with a message 
| that my computer might be infected by a virus 
| and it was being scanned. Yeah. Right. This 
| was on one of my Linux desktops and it's no 
| more likely to get a virus than my Pittsburgh 
| Steelers are to win the Super Bowl this 
| season.
| What was actually happening was that I'd 
| stumbled over a site trying to scam me into 
| buying, at best, bogus anti-virus software, 
| and, at worse, infect me with malware and 
| steal my credit-card information. I'm not the 
| only one. The U.S. Government's Internet 
| Crime Complaint Center just reported that 
| this kind of scareware is getting to be a lot 
| more common. Indeed, the "FBI is aware of an 
| estimated loss to victims in excess of $150 
| million."



Millions tricked by 'scareware'

,----[ Quote ]
| Online criminals are making millions of pounds
| by convincing computer users to download fake
| anti-virus software, internet security experts
| claim.


One week of MSE: 1.5 million downloads, 4 million detections

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft Security Essentials data for the first
| week has been released, and the numbers tell quite a
| story.
| [...]
| Microsoft says that in the first week, MSE made
| almost four million detections on 535,752 distinct
| machines; the company attributes the fact that the
| malware is eight times more than the number of
| computers since machines can be infected with
| multiple threats. It looks like MSE is making quite
| an impact already.

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