[NPMUG] Excellent writeup on persuasive malware
charles at firthconsulting.com
Sat Aug 23 07:33:07 MDT 2008
Worth reading to get an idea of how clever fake "Antivirus" software
can be. Something I recommend you share with anyone who is less
familiar with how things work.
It details the process used by the software "XP Antivirus" - and how
it looks a LOT like regular Windows error messages and screens (when
in fact it's evil incarnate and wants your credit card). I've
personally seen this installed on several machines, and wish I could
find some way to convince people to be more suspicious.
This is not "obviously a bad software package" - it looks very very
Right now we don't have anything like this for OSX (The closest is the
fake Quicktime codec trojan) but it's coming. So the Conclusion and
the author's advice is still very sound for Mac users.
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