The scammers are at is again, trying to entice users to hand over their money and potentially their identity. This time using the well known “Blue Screen of Death”.
Every day millions of people search the web, in order to support the vast amounts of request. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft offer advertising platforms and packages for business. Users view sponsored links placed high up on a search results page, businesses gain more exposure and the search engine generates revenue.
But we all know that search engines are the prime place for exploit and cyber attackers love to use this to generate their own revenue. Setting up malicious domains, delivering malware payloads to users’ machines, compromising PC’s, data theft and creating slave systems are some of the ways these cyber attackers are hitting users. Some attackers also set up fraudulent domains which appear legitimate in order to lure victims to input their account information.
Recently a security company found that cyber attackers bid on popular phrases through Google’s AdWords advertising space. An example of this is the YouTube keyword to display their adverts at the top of the search engine, instead of going to the designated YouTube URL link, you will be directed to a very convincing web page including the Blue Screen of Death image.
The message showing up over the Blue Screen of Death is VERY convincing, complete with a toll free number to call. When you call the number the scammer pretending to be Windows support will insist you will need to pay in order to remove the message and get your computer up and running again. Sometimes attempting to charge as much as $599.00. While some users will not be fooled, others without much technical knowledge are likely to be.
Unfortunately, we see victims of this type of Malware every week. If your computer has been infected we can help. Call 281-646-1200 or click for more info.