Cyber-Criminals Peddling Fake AV That Looks Very Much Like the Real Thing
By: Fahmida Rashid, eWeek
of fake antivirus software are getting better at copying the look and feel of
legitimate antivirus products to make it harder for victims to tell whether
they are being scammed or not, according to Kaspersky Lab.
fake antivirus Website was found specially designed to mimic the interface for
antivirus products from Kaspersky Lab, Symantec's Norton and Avira, Dmitry
Bestuzhev, an antivirus researcher at Kaspersky Lab, wrote on the SecureList
blog Nov.29. The initial infection was triggered by a dropper Trojan that
downloaded onto the user's computer the fake screen that closely resembled
the past, rogue antivirus products were fake screenshots taken from a generic
template. "These fakes didn’t claim to find any infections—the victim was
simply ripped off after paying for a useless product," said Bestuzhev. A
recent version observed by Kaspersky Lab simulates the actual scanning process
on the victim's PC, he said.