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Is your computer secure

Frankie

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Having spent three hours "chatting" with Norton's yesterday, updating my anti-virus and getting it installed on the laptop, this caught my eye:

Tens of millions of U.S. computers are loaded with scam security software that their owners may have paid for but which only makes the machines more vulnerable, according to a new Symantec report on cybercrime.

Cyberthieves are increasingly planting fake security alerts that pop up when computer users access a legitimate website. The "alert" warns them of a virus and offers security software, sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee.

"Lots of times, in fact they're a conduit for attackers to take over your machine," said Vincent Weafer, Symantec's vice president for security response.

"They'll take your credit card information, any personal information you've entered there and they've got your machine," he said, referring to some rogue software's ability to rope a users' machine into a botnet, a network of machines taken over to send spam or worse.

Symantec found 250 varieties of scam security software with legitimate sounding names like Antivirus 2010 and SpywareGuard 2008, and about 43 million attempted downloads in one year but did not know how many of the attempted downloads succeeded, said Weafer.

"In terms of the number of people who potentially have this in their machines, it's tens of millions," Weafer said.

It was also impossible to tell how much cyberthieves made off with but "affiliates" acting as middlemen to convince people to download the software were believed to earn between 1 cent per download and 55 cents.

TrafficConverter.biz, which has been shut down, had boasted that its top affiliates earned as much as $332,000 a month for selling scam security software, according to Weafer.

"What surprised us was how much these guys had tied into the whole affiliated model," Weafer said. "It was more refined than we anticipated."

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/us_cybersecurity_symantec
 

grannysoo

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If anyone thinks that their computer is really secure, I've got a friend in Germany that could test it for you.....

No computer is completely secure. :stop:
 

S&WSigma40VEShooter

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grannysoo":1onrr22w said:
If anyone thinks that their computer is really secure, I've got a friend in Germany that could test it for you.....

No computer is completely secure. :stop:



Amen,


90% of all identity theft is caused by someone you know.

80% of all rapes are caused by an assailant the person knows.

something like 30% of all murders are caused by a person the victim knows.

Moral of the story. You are probably safer online than you are going outside LOL so stay on cattle today.
 

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