Monday, 19 October 2009

Rogue Anti-Virus Software

I've spent the last couple of months locating malicious websites and testing anti-virus software, and one thing that's very clear is that fake anti-virus programs are all over the place. The ones we've seen tend to install themselves automatically, as a 'drive-by download', although it's perfectly possible to download and install them directly from certain websites intentionally.

When Symantec announced that it has identified 250 different types we thought it might be useful to write a news story about it and to use video footage taken in my virus lab to illustrate what these fake anti-virus programs look like. As you'll see if you click through to the story (or the video below), they are pretty convincing!