Web of deceit

Rogue Software 0410Like a beast from a 1950's sci-fi movie, rogue security software preys on victim's anxieties: Pop-up ads start appearing on a monitor proclaiming that the computer system has been infected, and the nervous user is told the "problem" can be fixed by downloading what turns out to be a phony anti-virus product. The scam has been around for years and continues to dupe users. But this is not only an annoyance, it may be destabilizing the industry as consumers lose faith in the market for anti-malware products. In this latest ebook from SC Magazine, Managing Editor Greg Masters looks at how rogue AV spreads, what law enforcement can do, what the security vendors are doing, and what effect the spread is having on the marketplace.

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