AVG Finds Scareware that Downloads Porn

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-11-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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AVG reports new rogue software masquerading as security software that detects and cleans up porn on an infected machine. The trick: the scareware will download actual porn.

Rogue software and Trojans have perfected the art of appearing like a legitimate antivirus applications and tricking users into paying for cleaning up there system. As computer users become more aware of this threat, the scareware purveyors are turning to a new trick: porn.

Roger Thompson, the chief scientist at AVG, has found new scareware that tricks users into thinking they have pornography on their machines. When the user clicks on the supposed solution, the scareware downloads porn onto the infected machine to prove the compromise.

Here’s a video of the AVG findings:

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The scareware is distributed via compromised Web sites, so nearly anyone can inadvertently get infected by the drive-by download and leading popup messages. While more users are questioning the mysterious prompts for scareware masquerading as specialized antivirus, they are more likely to accept the anti-porn scareware since they don’t want lewd and lascivious images and videos on their machines – especially in work environments and PCs. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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