Scareware's pitches for fake security show up in odd places

10 Jun 2009

USA Today, By Byron Acohido

Scareware has become the scourge of the Internet.

Those deceptive promotions crafted to panic you into spending $30 to $80 for worthless antivirus protection can hit you just about anywhere you turn on the Web. They arrive as booby-trapped Web links in e-mail and social network messages. They lurk hidden, and set to activate, when you click to popular, legitimate websites.

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