[funsec] FTC files complaint against "Bogus Computer Scan Software" makers
dhubbard at websense.com
Fri Dec 12 10:52:43 CST 2008
Hmm, I wish I came up with a new term for this, but cannot take credit where it's not due. "Rogue AV" is what I call it personally, but that really depends on the weather.
If I did I would call it 'DudeWare', as in "Dude where is my AV"....
From: funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org [mailto:funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org] On Behalf Of Gary Warner
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 4:20 AM
To: funsec at linuxbox.org
Subject: Re: [funsec] FTC files complaint against "Bogus Computer Scan Software" makers
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Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah wrote:
> Sorry. But I am really getting sick of the media making up unnecessary new
> malware terms ...
I have to say that I just assumed that this was either going to be Dan
Hubbard at Websense or Graham Cluley at Sophos.
We know its NOT F-Secure . . . although the media referred to their
story on "MacSweeper" relentlessly as "Scareware for Mac", its not
mentioned once in their story:
Talking about the same family of malware, the Mac-based "Imunizator",
Graham Cluley says:
"Windows users are no stranger to scareware like this, but it is rarer
on the Apple Macintosh. Nevertheless MacSwp-B's discovery does follow
fast on the heels of other malware that has been identitifed on the Mac
OS X platform in recent months," said Graham Cluley, senior technology
consultant for Sophos.
Hmmm... Maybe it WAS a journalist. Can anyone beat Dan Goodin, January
24, 2007? "MySpace slams ad networks over 'scareware'"
WAIT! Gregg Keizer uses the term in his January 6, 2006 story "FTC
Nails Two Spyware Sellers for Tricking Users"
This "scareware" practice spread during 2005, and even with several FTC
actions, continued. In an earlier interview, Patrick Hinojosa, the chief
technology officer of Panda Software, said that the scam was too
lucrative to disappear. ""We're going to see a lot more like this, like
mushrooms after a rain," he said.
Director of Research in Computer Forensics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
gar at cis.uab.edu gar at askgar.com
Blog = http://garwarner.blogspot.com/
Home = http://www.cis.uab.edu/forensics/
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