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Windows 7: Rogueware on the loose

06 Apr 2010   #1

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Rogueware on the loose

read here.....Rogueware: Web of deceit - SC Magazine US

Tainted JavaScript, forged ads and indiscriminate surfing have snared millions of computer users into scareware scams, reports Greg Masters.

There's a new monster loose and it doesn't care who its next victim is. Rogue security software, aka scareware or extortionware, pretends to be legitimate security software. This plight has been around for several years, but in 2009 reached new levels of havoc. According to the recently released “Symantec Report on Rogue Security Software,” from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009, the company received reports of 43 million rogue security software installation attempts.
Where did this monster come from? Researchers have traced the ISP trail to sites in Russia and the Ukraine, where sophisticated programmers, in one variation of the ploy, create web pages that have all the appearance of a legitimate Windows OS screen. In fact, one researcher at the SANS Internet Storm Center, commented that the code was “very elegant and clean.” After being delivered to a computer via a trojan, these phony screens pop up onto a user's monitor and dupe them into believing that their machine has become infected by a virus. As the message has all the appearance of coming from the Windows Security Center, the user is duped into believing that clicking through will provide an anti-virus solution and fix the dilemma. Instead, a rogue AV program is installed and the user then has to pay to have it powered on or, in more blatant extortion models, uninstalled. But the underlying JavaScript code ensures that wherever on the image a user clicks, whether on the “Remove all” or “Cancel” buttons, the malware will load.

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