Threat Center Security News Cybercriminals device new ways to steal cash
Cybercriminals device new ways to steal cash Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 02:34

Web security firm Finjan issued a warning on Monday to unsuspecting users about a new scheme deviced by cybercriminals that have allowed them to steal a whopping $10,000 a day by peddling rogue antivirus utilities.


Finjan said they studied several anti-virus Websites and found that a group of fraudsters have inserted codes that redirect visitors to Web sites of fake anti virus services.

“The providers of the questionable affiliate service garnered more than $10,000 a day over the 16 days of the study,” said the company.


Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer for Finjan, explained how the scheme works: “There are two teams…one team focuses on compromising the Web site and inserting a page that redirect people, and another team focuses on getting visitors to install rogue antivirus.”


Ben-Itzak said the cybercriminals involved in this new scheme devised it to separate their marks from their money.


The group of fraudsters who are now being investigated also use search engine optimization techniques to attract victims.


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