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Fake virus infection Web pages are everywhere

Sep 16, 2009, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"The only problem is it's a lie. It's actually an attack designed to get you to download malware.

"Usually these fake Windows pages-they're actually Web pages-pop up when you're visiting a dodgy Web site. But, even the New York Times isn't immune to attacks like this. Over this last weekend, September 12-13, I was startled to see an apparent Windows page show up that read, "Warning!!! Your system requires immediate anti-viruses scan. Personal Antivirus can perform fast and free virus malicious software scan of your computer."

"Now, I wouldn't fall for this, but I can see how many people would. At a glance, it looks real and the last thing most people expect to see coming from the New York Times is malware. But, that's exactly what it was."

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