Malware Designers Take Advantage of Osama Bin Laden's DeathCategory: Internet, General News, Bugs / Virus
Posted: May 2, 2011 08:25PM
As Osama bin Laden's death rockets pass the recent royal wedding as the most popular news headlines, malware creators capitalize on the opportunity to snag unsuspecting searches of related information. Many of them have been using a loophole related to the way Google categorizes high ranking or most popular search hits to set traps for the users. Two malicious groups, ***-antivirus.cz.cc/fast-scan/ and ***pe-antivirus.cz.cc/fast-scan/, have been attempting to upload virus ridden Rogueware which touts to be the 'Best Antivirus' this year. Others have been aiming to mislead users by informing them that they need a newer update of VLC's browser plugin, when the link is clicked however, it will download Hotbar which is riddled with adware. A third tactic of entrapment is one where the malware masterminds will post links on popular social networking sites luring their victims by posing as breaking news updates.