Friday, March 20, 2009

Security Fix: Rogue Antivirus Distribution Network Dismantled (For Now)

Brian Krebs writes on Security Fix:

A major distribution network for rogue anti-virus products has been shut down following reports by Security Fix about massive profits that the network's affiliates were making for disseminating the worthless software.

On Monday, Security Fix profiled, a program that pays affiliates handsome commissions for spreading "scareware" products like Antivirus2009 and Antivirus360. Scareware tries to frighten consumers into purchasing fake security software by pestering them with misleading and incessant warnings about threats resident on their systems.

According to a message posted at and its sister sites, the programs credit card payment processor pulled the plug on them shortly after our story ran.

More here.


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