With the wave of cloud apps appearing on the internet, I knew it would be a matter of time before malware would find its’ way into the cloud. Panda Labs, an international network of research and technical support centers devoted to protecting users against viruses, discovered an interesting “cloud” tactic that is being used to trick computer users into infecting themselves with malware.
The cybercriminals in this particular case have created a pretend web site (called ScanVirus – Cumulative Online Antivirus Service) that lures the visitor into thinking their computer is infected (see graphic below). The confidence of the visitor is gained from the displayed logos that are “copies” of logos from actual legitimate anti-virus and anti-malware companies. Upon visiting the site, the visitor is prompted to download a file called “AntiVir.exe”, which Panda Labs has identified as being malware (called “Adware/Antivirus 2009).
To learn more about “malware” and to download software to “protect” your PC, I encourage you to read the following:
Basic Computer Security Precautions You Need To Know
(at Bill Mullin’s “Tech Thoughts)
Internet Plague – Rogue Antivirus
(at TechPaul’s “Tech-for Everyone”)