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DoJ indictments - scareware distribution

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#1 AplusWebMaster



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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:27 AM


DoJ indictments - scareware distribution...
- http://www.fbi.gov/n...uting-scareware
June 22, 2011 - "... The first of the international criminal groups disrupted by Operation Trident Tribunal infected hundreds of thousands of computers with scareware and sold more than $72 million of the fake antivirus product over a period of three years. The scareware scheme used a variety of ruses to trick consumers into infecting their computers with the malicious scareware products, including web pages featuring fake computer scans. Once the scareware was downloaded, victims were notified that their computers were infected with a range of malicious software, such as viruses and Trojans and badgered into purchasing the fake antivirus software to resolve the non-existent problem at a cost of up to $129. An estimated 960,000 users were victimized by this scareware scheme, leading to $72 million in actual losses. Latvian authorities also executed seizure warrants for at least five bank accounts that were alleged to have been used to funnel profits to the scam’s leadership. A -second- international crime ring disrupted by Operation Trident Tribunal relied on online advertising to spread its scareware products, a tactic known as “malvertising.” An indictment unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis charges the two operators of this scareware scheme with two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and computer fraud... avoid purchasing computer security products that use unsolicited “free computer scans” to sell their products. It is also important for users to protect their computers by maintaining an updated operating system and using legitimate, up-to-date antivirus software, which can detect and remove fraudulent scareware products..."

- http://www.theregist...reware_arrests/
23 June 2011 - "... The Feds worked with police in Cyprus, Germany, Latvia, Ukraine, France, Romania, the Mounted Police in Canada and London's Met Police."

- http://www.theinquir...atlantic-botnet
23 June 2011

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#2 bulrush



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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:00 AM

Like most other scams (poor quality car parts, for example) education is key. Get educated so you don't fall for these scams.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:24 AM

Like most other scams (poor quality car parts, for example) education is key. Get educated so you don't fall for these scams.

Anyone reading this is probably sufficiently educated to avoid most of these scams... It is the billions of people who don't read or even get exposed to this kind of information who are at risk... Many of us who work in these forums make efforts to educate people everywhere we go -- if they will take a few minutes to listen... As soon as enough people get educated about one scam to cut into the criminal profits, they come up with another one...

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