Threat Management, Malware

WeatherWizard app delivers tech support scam, not a forecast


Malwarebytes has discovered that amateur meteorologists get more than a weather forecast when they download the deceptive WeatherWizard app.

The researchers found that WeatherWizard, named after a comic book villain, will supply a basic weather forecast, but at the same time downloads code to deliver a fake Blue Screen of Death along with a handy tech support phone number that would lead the victim into the waiting arms of a scammer.

The most interesting aspect of the scam is the amount of time the cybercriminals are willing to put in to pull it off. Malwarebytes said a bat file, called sc.bat, installs two scheduled tasks that are set to go off every Dec. 1 after install, possibly taking months for the attack to actually take place.

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