Rogue

Good news from the security frontline. The phenomenon of rogue antivirus 'scareware' really does appear to be on the wane, at least according to figures from security company Enigma Software.The US-based company's statistics

Published on: October 3rd, 2011 John E. Dunn

Fake antivirus programs taking PCs hostage

Fake antivirus programs appear to be adopting some of the money-raising tactics of more threatening ransom malware, security company Fortinet’s latest threat report has found.The most prevalent malware variant during August was TotalSecurity

Published on: September 3rd, 2010 John E. Dunn

‘We did nothing illegal’, say iPad email hackers

The hackers who harvested an estimated 114,000 Apple iPad 3Gowner e-mail addresses defended their actions Friday as "ethical" and said they did nothing illegal.The hacking group Goatse Security obtained the e-mail addresses using

Published on: June 15th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Kingpin in $100 million scareware scam was a fugitive

The CEO of a company accused of making more than $100 million selling harmful "scareware" antivirus products was already a fugitive from U.S. authorities, following his arrest in 2008 on criminal counterfeiting charges.Shaileshkumar

Published on: June 1st, 2010 Robert McMillan

Trio faces charges for alleged $100 million scareware scam

Three men are facing federal fraud charges for allegedly raking in more than US$100 million while running an illegal "scareware" business that tricked victims into installing bogus software.Two of the men, Bjorn Sundin

Published on: May 31st, 2010 Robert McMillan and Brian Jackson

Rogue antivirus “biggest threat” facing Canadian PCs

Rogue antivirus – also known as scareware – is one of the top PC security threats in Canada and proving an effective method for online fraudsters to profit from their exploits, say security

Published on: May 12th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Rogue antivirus “biggest threat” facing Canadian PCs

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Published on: May 11th, 2010 Brian Jackson

‘Name to shame’ extortion scam targets adult game users

A Japanese cyber extortion gang is running a new "name to shame" scam by duping users who pirate adult games into installing malware, then demanding that they pay up to keep their names

Published on: April 20th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Hackers exploit Polish president’s death with massive scareware attack

Hackers exploited the tragic plane crash killing Poland's president and other military and civil society leaders on April 10 by flooding search engine results with links to fake anti-virus software.President Lech Kaczyinski and

Published on: April 15th, 2010 Brian Jackson

New wave of ransom-style scams hit the Internet

Criminals reused an attack from 2008 to hit the Internet with a huge wave of ransomware in recent weeks, a security company has reported.In the space of only two days, February 8 and

Published on: March 9th, 2010 John E. Dunn and Joaquim P. Menezes

Malicious ads attack has Lyrics.com singin’ the blues

Criminals flooded several online ad networks with malicious advertisements over the weekend, causing popular Web sites such as the Drudge Report, Horoscope.com and Lyrics.com to inadvertently attack their readers, a security company said

Published on: September 25th, 2009 Robert McMillan

5 million reasons why crooks peddle bogus software online

Criminals can make as much as $5 million a year by planting nearly worthless security software on PCs, then badgering users with so many bogus malware warnings that they fork over their credit

Published on: November 4th, 2008 Gregg Keizer