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No one has ever identified the first person to think of distributing malware that disguised itself as legitimate security software. It was a stroke of evil genius, and it spawned an underground industry that is still going strong today.
This is an early example of fake antivirus software. Other products that appeared in the wake of XP Service Pack 2 mimicked the look and feel of the new Security Center.
In recent years, rogue security software has targeted the Chrome browser, Mac OS X, and legitimate security products using similar names. Despite occasional well-publicized prosecutions, there’s no sign that this category will die any time soon.