FBI: Fraudsters earned $150 million in rogue AV scams

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FBI: Fraudsters earned $150 million in rogue AV scams
« on: December 19, 2009, 04:21:12 AM »

FBI: Fraudsters earned $150 million in rogue AV scams

Dan Kaplan, December 14, 2009

For the first time, the FBI has issued a public warning about the threat of rogue anti-virus software, which the agency said has resulted in more than $150 million in losses to victims.

In an intelligence note posted Friday on the website of the Internet Crime Complaint Center, the FBI said users should be on the lookout for pop-up advertisements masking as legitimate-looking AV software, known as "rogueware" or "scareware."

Rogue anti-virus software typically is purveyed through malicious advertisements, or "malvertisements," on trusted websites. When viewed or clicked, the ads lead users to sites that claim their computer is infected and, to resolve the issue, they should buy an anti-virus product, which turns out to be fake. In other instances, the ads try to install trojans onto the victim's PC.

Criminals also have orchestrated the attack by "poisoning" search results, so that when a user searches for a popular term, he or she is led to a website site hosting the bogus software.



More information on the topic of rogues.

-The ultimate guide to scareware protection, September 2009, Dancho Danchev,
URL:  http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4297

-Blog:  Video: Next Year in the Threat Webscape – Websense Security Labs Predictions for 2010,   December 9, 2009

URL:  http://securitylabs.websense.com/content/Blogs/3509.aspx

-Blog:  Rouge Antispyware (The objective of this site is to completely eliminate the promotion of rogue antispyware and other malware by educating consumers on how to identify and remove rogue antispyware form their computers.) 

URL:  http://rogueantispyware.blogspot.com/
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Re: FBI: Fraudsters earned $150 million in rogue AV scams
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 07:33:02 AM »
Thanks for the good info for our members to be aware of.  :)
I see that Rogue Antispyware Blogspot mentions VIPRE for removal. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware does a nice job in many cases as well. In addition, Bleeping Computer has Removal Guides for many of the rogues.
However, many users overlook the fact that there can be a problem is when multiple infections exist on the same machine, and the user thinks he has only the one rogue. When that happens, they think they've cleaned the malware but a one-shot fix does not always fix the problem and address the vulnerabilities. It is always good post a log and get a follow-up review on a malware removal forum such as the one at SpywareHammer.

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