Security market awash with fear, uncertianty and doubt

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Security market awash with fear, uncertianty and doubt

Simon Quicke

Security resellers wondering what to wave into a sales pitch might are being handed plenty of topical fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) by vendors.

The latest warning, based around the BRITS, comes from Webroot but there have already been soundings from Symantec about the World Cup and the ongoing hoaxes about actors dying with the latest being Bill Cosby.

In a blog posting by Andrew Brandt on the Webroot site there is a warning that sites have sprung up already on the back of the British Music Awards offering free downloads which then take users into dangerous territory.

Unfortunately, at least two distinct threats face Web surfing Anglo-musicophiles: bogus music download sites, which tease users with offers of "free downloads" of the compilation set, but then require users to register and pay a fee -- none of which ends up in the hands of the BRIT Trust charity," he blogged.

"And the purveyors of irritating fake alert messages, which invariably lead to rogue antivirus downloads, are also heavily pushing themselves to near the top rankings in some search results," he added.

The BRITs warning comes on the back of recent hoax phising attacks spreading news of apparent celebrity deaths with the latest involving Bill Cosby.

Sophos has picked up on the developments with users being informed of his death and encouraged to give money and details. Cosby follows in the footsteps of other recent hoax reports including Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Added to that ongoing spamming hoax problem the industry is also bracing itself for a busy summer.
 
Symantec has warned that a global event like the World Cup, taking place in South Africa later this summer, is an ideal target for cyber criminals looking to exploit widespread interest in the event.

"The 2010 Soccer World Cup is just over four months away and the organisations behind spam, scams and malicious attacks sit poised to take full advantage and cash in," stated the vendor.

"Traditionally, newsworthy events (e.g. Michael Jackson's death, Obama's election win),  or calendar dates (e.g. Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween) get a lot of attention from these organisations, and the World Cup is no exception," it added.

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