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Hacked Kaspersky Website Infected Users with Scareware
Malware pushers have managed to compromise a Kaspersky Lab website on Sunday and direct users looking to download the vendor's applications to scareware.
According to various reports, including on Kaspersky's own support forums, the compromise occurred on the USA download website.
When visitors attempted to download the company's security products they got redirected to an external page, which mimicked an antivirus scan and served a fake AV program.
Known as scareware or rogueware, these applications bombard users with bogus security alerts about fictitious infections on their computers, in an attempt to convince them to buy a useless license.
These programs are distributed through a variety of methods, including by infecting legitimate websites.
One can easily realize how being served via a legit antivirus vendor's site, would make such an application very credible and dangerous.
There is reason to believe that some people were infected as a result of the attack, which Kaspersky confirmed today for IT PRO.
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