IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 Phony Scareware Variants Scammers Use to Steal Your Money
In the past two months, fake antivirus scareware has morphed into variants pretending to be generic security products, disk utilities and the trusty hard disk defrag tool, according to various security researchers. The trend is picking up, but it is "not yet as popular as they will become," according to ESET's Rand Abrams. Despite the similarities in the fake utilities' user interface, "there isn't [just] one group creating these rogue security products," said Tom Kelchner of GFI Labs. He said the scammers are switching the look in order to fool the antivirus vendors and victims. According to Juraj Malcho, head of ESET virus lab, cleaners and performance boosters have been around as far back as 2008. But the variants with the updated look have become "more popular" recently. While the prices for these utilities range from about $40 to $80, there is a hidden, potentially catastrophic, cost as the user is handing over the credit card information to criminals. If any of the screens in the eWEEK slide show look familiar, the researchers at GFI have identified many of the variants and posted detailed removal instructions on their Rogue AntiSpyware blog. The following images were provided by GFI Labs.