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Sunday, 22 May 2011

WARNING: Telephony scams still ongoing

As if you needed telling, but sadly to state the obvious, the scammers traced back to India are still very much involved in defrauding insuspecting victims, and are now apparently going one step further by infecting their machines to boot.

In previous iterations of this scam the person on the phone would get you to click through to the event viewer to "find something red". Strangely enough there is usually something red in most people's event log log. However, do not despair if you don't have anything red, yellow is just as bad. Once the problem (well any problem) was identified your support would have expired and they redirect you to a web site where you can part with your money and download some version of malware.

The new iteration of the scam goes one step further. Rather than get the victim to look, they get you to install teamviewer (although no doubt other similar tools are likely used). They take control of your machine and start moving the files across. Manually infecting, sorry fixing, your machine. In this particular instance they noticed they were in a VM and promptly started removing the files they had moved, before the link was dropped and the phone call terminated.

The scam is obviously still working. It seems they have figured out that users can't be trusted to click a link, but installing remote control software and getting you to install the malware for them is ok.

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