Fake antivirus ads appear on ICQ

Summary:A Kaspersky researcher has discovered a fake antivirus warning linked to ads on ICQ, the instant-messaging program that is popular in Russia and Eastern Europe.

A Kaspersky researcher has discovered a fake antivirus warning linked to ads on ICQ, the instant-messaging program that is popular in Russia and Eastern Europe.

The ad that showed up in the ICQ window was for a women's clothing company called Charlotte Russe, and clicking on the ad directed to the company's website, said Roel Schouwenberg, a senior antivirus researcher at Moscow-based Kaspersky. Around the same time the ad was displayed, another pop-up appeared in a new browser from 'Antivirus8', which said that suspicious activity had been detected on the system. It then encouraged the user to download the program, which is not a legitimate antivirus product, Schouwenberg said.

The malware attack is interesting for several reasons. The rogue antivirus 'scareware' appears without the user doing anything that normally triggers such pop-ups, such as clicking on malicious links in search results, he said. The attack also does not appear to have an exploit included in it; just the social-engineering aspect in which the user is lured into downloading supposed antivirus protection that is totally unnecessary, he added.

For more on this story, read Kaspersky finds fake antivirus program in ads on ICQ on CNET News.

Topics: Security

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