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Windows 7: Firefox now targeted for scareware

02 Jun 2011   #1

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Firefox now targeted for scareware

Firefox now targeted for scareware

Purveyors of fake security software don't let much grass grow under their feet and continually make improvements to their social engineering lures.

While most of the talk for the past month has been their move to Mac with fake Finder pop-ups that appear to scan your computer, they haven't stopped innovating on Windows either.

Their latest scam? They detect your user-agent string from your web browser and display a fake Firefox security alert if you are using the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

More info...

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02 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Thanks for the heads up. As I use both browsers, I'll keep an eye out for this, although I've not seen it yet (and hope I never do). Users of other browsers, such as Chrome, Opera, etc, shouldn't be complacent as sooner rather than later this sort of scaremongering will target them as well.
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02 Jun 2011   #3

Arch Linux 64-bit

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02 Jun 2011   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Thanks for the information. The other browsers will get their share. Their just farther down the food chain of browsers.
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