02 June 2006 | 4,856 views

New Spyware Blackmails Users Into Purchasing Software

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Ah this is almost like Ransomeware again, messing up your machine then extorting money from you.

Make sure you educate your non tech savvy relatives about such threats, spyware, adware, trojans and worm type viruses. Education is THE most powerful defence against malware and computer security incidents.

Some simple patching, a free Antivirus protection like Avast! Using Firefox or Opera and most people will be safe with a little education.

A new spyware program that lures computer users by claiming to give free access to pornographic Web content ends up by “blackmailing” them into purchasing a program to clean the infection, a security firm said.

US-based Panda Software said the program called DigiKeyGen generates passwords that supposedly enable users to access to pornographic websites.

At the same time, a spyware program and an alleged anti-spyware application are installed on a computer without the users’ knowledge, Panda said.

Ah the age old adage of free porn, won’t people learn? There’s no such thing as a free lunch, if it’s too good to be true…ITS NOT TRUE!

Porn does power the Internet though, that’s another matter entirely..

These guys say basically the same thing.

You must always be suspicious of offers for something in exchange for almost nothing,” said Luis Corrons, director of Panda Software Labs, noting that the technique is not new.

“Cybercrime, which aims to make easy money, simply applies traditional fraud techniques to the Internet and as a result, anybody tempted by the chance to get something for nothing is taken in, unaware of the risks of apparently harmless actions, such as downloading small programs or accessing certain websites.”

In a separate security warning, Sophos Labs warned Tuesday that a security alert claiming to be from Microsoft is in fact a “trojan” that steals passwords.

It seems to never end.

Source: Yahoo! News



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