Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Beware fake antivirus comeons (Important News)

Telegraph - 4.28.10 (by Claudine Beaumont, Technology Editor)

More than 15 per cent of all the malicious software online is in the guise of fake anti-virus software, Google has found Photo: CLARE KENDALL

Google analysed more than 240 million web pages in the last 13 months, and found that fake antivirus programs accounted for 15 per cent of all the malicious software it detected online.

Cyber criminals are using increasingly sophisticated tactics to trick unsuspecting computer users in to downloading and installing software laced with malicious code, which, when activated, gives hackers "back door" access to a computer. This allows criminals to use the machine to send spam emails, or to try and capture personal information and login details for online banking and email accounts.


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