What is alarming is that the scareware
program is often branded with familiar product logos such as McAfee, Norton or Microsoft.
is easy enough to remove from a Windows-based computer.
Users of the infected websites were infected with scareware
which report that their machines are infected with viruses.
In announcing the judgment, FTC Chairman John Liebowitz stated that the defendants had "taken scareware
to a whole other level of virtual mayhem.
Another prediction is that ransomware is the new scareware
for their roles in an international scareware
The next day, additional links used the Blackhole exploit kit to infect victims' machines with malware before automatically sending them to a site that was hosting another scareware
program called "Windows Antivirus Patch.
The lawsuit which apparently inspired the hack attack was filed by James Gross, who accused Symantec of using scareware
tactics to sell its products.
tactics and the use of rogue anti-virus, which decreased a bit in 2011, will stage a comeback.
These pests include viruses as well worms, Trojan horses, spyware, scareware
, ransomware, phishing and more, all colorfully named but seriously dangerous.
Other common crimes were industrial espionage, extortion, direct online theft, fraud such as identity theft or fiscal fraud, the installation of scareware
and theft of customer data.
The new entries include scareware
(malicious computer programs), buttloads (large amounts) and cyberbullying.