Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

Summary: If you think switching to Google Chrome will protect you from socially engineered malware attacks, think again.

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  • That red background and the big icon at the top are visually similar to actual security warnings that Google Chrome uses. The malware author has also inserted a reference to Google Chrome in this fake "scanning" screen.

  • Ultimately, this social-engineering attack is likely to fail with an English-speaking victim, who should be suspicious of the bad grammar. But a user whose primary language is something other than English might well be fooled.

  • It doesn't matter which button you click--the program is going to try to download a dangerous file to your computer. If you click Allow or Save here, you're that much closer to being owned.

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Topics: Browser, Google, Malware, Security

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  • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

    It would be a non-issue if you were using Chrome OS. That "exe" would mean nothing.
    BIGELLOW
    • Gosh, if only...

      @BIGELLOW

      Yes, if only 96% of the 1 billion computers in the world would change operating systems, everything would be better. I mean, it's not like the malware writers would target a new OS that actually managed to get some usage share, right? Oh, wait...
      Ed Bott
      • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

        @Ed Bott <br>and.. checkmate.

        Crack open the champagne, boys! Ol' Ed just 'one-shotted' BIGELLOW. T-Shirts are on their way and the posters are going up. What's that? A ticker-tape parade, haven't seen one in years...
        TechNickle
      • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

        @Ed Bott LOL :D , good come back at the noob
        MrElectrifyer
      • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

        @Ed Bott I'll just rush out and get that unreleased OS to protect my comp now. LOL That will show those malware writers.
        MisstreeGB
  • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

    When one uses a search engine and before he selects the results, you'd think he might look at the link in the search results. I would not expect to get information about datagrid reordering from dialdrugpharmacy.com
    otiebenoti
    • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

      @otiebenoti Me neither! :)
      nanomartin
  • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

    You might also want to translate the Mexican phrase in the search results.
    otiebenoti
  • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

    I don't suppose the URL in the search results, dialdrugpharmacy.com would be a tipoff. I'll stay with Chrome thanks. Come on Ed, we know MS is your bread and butter.
    Rodo1
    • RE: Scareware attack targets Google Chrome

      @Rodo1 True enough, and I did the search myself and found lots of sites I wouldn't think would have anything to do with datagrid reordering. Turns out one of them leads to a gambling site--but I digress. It seems to me the reason the guy followed the link is that he intuited something off the mark, not because he thought that dialdrugpharmacy.com (which does not appear in the latest search results for me) had anything useful on the datagrid topic.
      Rinzai
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