By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
October 19, 2010
Scammers who try to trick victims into downloading fake antivirus
software can strike almost anywhere. On Sunday they hit the website of
Kaspersky Lab, a well-known antivirus vendor.
Someone took advantage of a bug in a Web program used by the
Kasperskyusa.com website and reprogrammed it to try and trick visitors
into downloading a fake product, Kaspersky confirmed Tuesday. Kaspersky
didn't identify the flaw, but said it was in a "third-party application"
used by the website.
"As a result of the attack, users trying to download Kaspersky Lab's
consumer products were redirected to a malicious website," the antivirus
vendor said. The website caused a pop-up window to appear that simulated
a virus scan of the user's PC, and offered to install an antivirus
program that was in fact bogus.
This is a typical trick for fake-antivirus scammers, who are constantly
looking for new ways to trick victims into buying their products. In the
past they've been known to pose as legitimate online advertisers and
then suddenly switch their ad inventory from legitimate-looking ads to
these fake pop-up messages.
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