More than 6 months ago we saw a new fast emerging security threat: fake security software. The sellers of these systems scare Internet users by running a “scan” looking for security problems, and reporting false evidence of viruses, spyware and illegal pornography. The unaware user is then led to a page where he or she needs to buy a license of the bogus software to remove the non-existing problems.
We are are delighted to see that the the US government has moved to shut down sellers of fake security software. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has won a restraining order that stops several sellers of “scareware” from continuing to trade.
Millions of people are thought to have been caught out by these fake security products: WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus – familiar names to active WOT members. Read the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7779223.stm