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Fraudsters Target Fears Over Identity Theft

25 April 2008

The internet is a great place for fraudsters to con naive computers users by appealing to their fears and desires.

Fake/fraudulent anti-malware (anti-virus, anti-spyware etc.) applications have been around for a long time and we see a regular influx of new variants. More recently we?ve seen a variation on this theme that targets current fears over identity theft. These applications typically arrive as follows: the user is browsing the internet and a popup browser Window claims that the user?s system is compromised or may be compromised and the user is coerced into downloading and running an executable file with the promise of a free scan and/or solution. When the fake application is run on a clean computer it finds non-existent threats and then offers to remove them from the computer if the user pays for the full version.

More: http://www.sophos.com/security/blog/2008/04/1346.html

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