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An informal word for goods for sale.
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Scareware is the first scam outlined in McAfee's new consumer threat alert programme that warns consumers about the latest and most dangerous online threats with inside intelligence from McAfee Labs.
They say there are now more than 250 types of "scareware" on the internet.
Bredolab and others spook users for scareware anniversary celebration: Marking the one year anniversary since the initial explosion of scareware across cyberspace, the Bredolab botnet (W32/Bredo.G), a Trojan downloader linked to rogue security software, was highly active this period.
McDermott addresses the three types of ransomware: scareware, lock-screen viruses, and encrypting malware.
The most serious attacks involved the use of "ransomware" and "scareware,' which is malicious software that either locks a computer system until a ransom is paid, or launches a hoax virus and demands payment to "remove" it.
In the report, PandaLabs highlights several top security incidents that occurred during Q2: the proliferation and evolution of the so-called "Police Virus" from scareware to ransomware, and Flame, a cyber-espionage virus that has become one of the highlights of the year.
In July 2011, Google also warned customers whose systems were infected with fake antivirus software, or "scareware." In that instance, Google became suspicious when it uncovered "unusual search traffic" while doing maintenance at one of its data centres.
The next day, additional links used the Blackhole exploit kit to infect victims' machines with malware before automatically sending them to a site that was hosting another scareware program called "Windows Antivirus Patch."
Apple had released its security update for Mac OS X to detect and delete the 'scareware' Mac Defender.But about 8 hours after the update, a new variant of this scareware, named "Mdinstall.pkg," has appeared to evade Apple's new anti-malware defenses.
"Trojan.HTML.FakeAlert.e (v), which is in the number seven spot, is a detection for malicious Web pages that display false warnings to scare victims into downloading malware--commonly referred to as rogue security products or "scareware," said Tom Kelchner, research center manager, GFI Labs.
Of the Web-based malware attacks that Dasient's system collected information on, 59 per cent are drive-by downloads and 41 per cent are fake antivirus warnings, also called "scareware." McAfee also recently said it was partnering with Adgregate on an anti-malware scanning service for ads.