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Security Fix: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Rogue Antivirus Distribution Network Dismantled

A major distribution network for rogue anti-virus products has been shut down following reports by Security Fix about massive profits that the network's affiliates were making for disseminating the worthless software. On Monday, Security Fix profiled TrafficConverter2.biz, a program that...

By Brian Krebs  |  March 20, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Cyber Justice , Fraud  | Tags: antivirus360, takedown, trafficconverter.biz, trafficconverter2.biz  
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FTC Takes on Freecreditreport.com

If you watch television, chances are you've seen the jingles where the young guy sings a campy song about his troubles with identity theft, in a bid to pitch a site called freecreditreport.com. Well, now the Federal Trade Commission is...

By Brian Krebs  |  March 20, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Bunker , Safety Tips , U.S. Government  | Tags: annualcreditreport.com, freecreditreport.com, ftc  
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Antivirus2009 Holds Victim's Documents for Ransom

Security experts are warning that some new "scareware" programs, software that tries to frighten consumers into purchasing bogus security products, also encrypt the victim's digital documents until he or she agrees to pay a $50 ransom demand. Newer versions of...

By Brian Krebs  |  March 20, 2009; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: antivirus2009, filefixerpro, fireeye, ransomware, scareware  
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Newsflash: Local Man Launches Virus Epidemic

Malware authors are beginning to personalize virus attacks sent through e-mail, blasting out fake news alerts about shocking events that supposedly happened in or around the recipient's home town. This latest innovation comes compliments of the Waledac worm, widely seen...

By Brian Krebs  |  March 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fraud , Latest Warnings , Safety Tips  | Tags: local news, marshal, waledac, worm  
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Massive Profits Fueling Rogue Antivirus Market

In the cyber underworld, more and more individuals are generating six-figure paychecks each month by tricking unknowing computer users into installing rogue anti-virus and security products, new data suggests. One service that exemplifies a very easy way these bad guys...

By Brian Krebs  |  March 16, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker , Web Fraud 2.0  | Tags: conficker, joe stewart, rogue antivirus, trafficconverter.biz  
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