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Fake antivirus peddlers helped by Microsoft, IRS

Just weeks after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission shut down two companies accused of selling fake antivirus software, a new player has moved into the market, aided by glitches in the Microsoft and U.S. Internal Revenue Service Web sites.

Over the past four days the scammers have used so-called redirector links on Web sites belonging to magazines, universities and, most remarkably, the Microsoft.com and IRS.gov domains, said Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who first reported the activity on his blog Tuesday.

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Speed-Racer3641d ago

I wonder who those fake anti virus people were. I hope it's those finally fast ppl...i hate seeing their ads.

IdleLeeSiuLung3640d ago

This article is jsut trying to sensationlize the issue. Any large website is prone to security vulnerabilities. Just do a search on google...

thereapersson3641d ago (Edited 3641d ago )

You get a virus from their software, and people who don't know any better end up purchasing their "removal software" to get rid of the problem the company caused in the first place.

heroicjanitor3641d ago

I always thought that if it was downloading from microsoft.com it was safe

pixelsword3641d ago

no hacks, no viruses that I know of.

If Apple were cheap as PCs, there would be no PCs.

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