Researcher Scams Fake Tech Support Scammer (Network World)


While the big security news was happening in Las Vegas at conferences, security researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski’s story was too funny to pass up—at least if you loathe scareware scams.

After only 30 minutes on a new computer, his parents surfed to an online tech support scam that claimed their PC was infected with Zeus.

Of course, he fixed his parents’ browser, but the truth is that people who are not especially tech-savvy can find trouble online almost immediately. For example, my mom’s very first download on her new computer was a malware-infected version of Chrome; she had clicked on one of the top search results and then freaked out and called me.