Fake virus infection Web pages are everywhere
Sep 16, 2009, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"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."