Scaring Us into Paying
A couple weeks ago I was hit by a scareware virus, one that run fake virus scanners and fake alerts saying your system is infected. The alerts were correct, I was infected -- the scareware creeps are the ones that installed the virus.
And with the clever ones, you don't even have to click anything for installation. I got mine reading an old Hotmail message from my sister.
These tactics work. The FBI claims a pair of Latvian creeps pulled in nearly $75 million selling antivirus that only removed their virus. Now the young hackers are facing two decades in the hoosegow. Couldn't have happened to a nice pair of jerks.
Posted by Doug Barney on 06/29/2011 at 1:18 PM