Monday, October 19, 2009

Fake security software in millions of computers: Symantec by Reuters: Yahoo! Tech

A stark security scareware reality check

Symantec found 250 varieties of scam security software with legitimate sounding names like Antivirus 2010 and SpywareGuard 2008, and about 43 million attempted downloads in one year but did not know how many of the attempted downloads succeeded, said Weafer.

"In terms of the number of people who potentially have this in their machines, it's tens of millions," Weafer said.

It was also impossible to tell how much cyberthieves made off with but "affiliates" acting as middlemen to convince people to download the software were believed to earn between 1 cent per download and 55 cents.

Fake security software in millions of computers: Symantec by Reuters: Yahoo! Tech

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