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Rogue anti-virus now being sold over the phone

19 July 2010 | Category: Software

Rogue anti-virus is usually distributed using malicious online phishing methods, now the scammers have gone a step further by offering rogue anti-virus over the phone.

Anti-virus developer ESET published findings at the beginning on the month claiming that unsuspecting members of the public were being called by persons claiming to be legitimate anti-virus sellers. They warn the user that their computer is infected with a virus and then offer to remove the virus using a remote access connection to their home computer.

Some of the callers claim to be from established anti-virus developers such as Norton and Microsoft. Security experts claim the scams have been running for the past 12 months, but very little is known about the origin of the calls.

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