Monday, October 19, 2009

Fake Antispyware is Big Online Busine$$

This information comes from Sunbelt - it's a little techie geek speak - but it's just amazing how the fake anti spyware or actual spyware programs work.

Malware researcher S!Ri catches rogue site affiliates ripping off his content Rogue researcher S!Ri just blogged about catching some rogue affiliate web sites ripping off his content to boost their search engine rankings. The game is a good glimpse into the rogue security software distribution world.Rogue creators put up web sites, just like legitimate businesses, to sell their fake security products online. They use Trojans in spam email attachments and other nefarious means to frighten victims into believing that their machines are infected, then offer to sell their products (which really do nothing) to fix the bogus problems.In the web advertising world, one can post advertising for other businesses on one’s site and be paid for visitors who “click through.” These are called “affiliate” sites. Just like legitimate businesses, there are affiliate sites that drive business to pages that sell rogue security products.These affiliates use search engine optimization to drive up their ratings to draw unsuspecting web browsers, posting content about rogue security products. They may have hundreds of web sites that draw browsers looking for information about rogue products then pass those visitors along to rogue download sites and make money for their pass throughs. To attract visitors, they need content related to rogues, so, they pull content from S!Ri’s research blog.On Friday, S!Ri invented a rogue name -- “Secure Shield” -- made a fake graphic of a user interface and posted it on his blog. Today he blogged about how quickly the affiliates scraped his content and put it on their pages: ten minutes in one case. His blog has seven screen shots of affiliate pages carrying his invention.Yea, it’s like Chinese boxes or Russian dolls: a fake on a researcher’s site that is stolen by an affiliate site that sends traffic to a site selling (fake) security software.Thanks S!Ri. Thanks Patrick

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Secure Shield fake rogue
The previous post: Secure Shield rogue was a test.Some blog webmasters are regularly using the screenshots I made on their blog post. They just take the pictures, wrote a text about the rogue dangerousness and link to a "Free Scan", "Free Removal" tool (which is NOT free). Without analyzing the rogue itself.Those blogs are cleaners affiliates. If the downloaded cleaner they link to is installed and registered, they get a retribution. They don't care if the tool can remove or not the infection. They don't analyze the infection. They just make a maximum traffic and try to be ranked on google first page.Some others blogs webmasters are promoting PUP softwares. Here again, PUP softwares creators don't analyze files. They try to sell their tools with a good google rank.So I decided to MAKE a picture of a new rogue that does NOT exist: Secure Shield. I post the picture and wait for the "serious" guys.10 minutes after my blog and my digg post, Loaris posts a modified picture of mine (his digg).

Loaris Trojan Remover was classified once as rogue.Few minutes later, another webmaster blogs about Secure Shield removal: Trojan Killer (a clone of Loaris Trojan Remover).Then it is PC Tools / Spyware Doctor affiliates turn to promise full removal of the rogue. Those guys are inventing files, folders and keys name.Another PC Tools / Spyware Doctor Affiliates:Edit: One day after, it's still going on:3 days after, there is more posts about the Fake Trojan romover. Spyware Doctor PC Tools affiliates copying others Spyware Doctor PC Tools affiliates posts.

Users should not trust cleaners promoted by affiliates business plan.Click on the pictures to see the full capture of the blogs pages. The seed has germinate, you can search on google for more. Some of them manage to get removed from google (Loaris Trojan Remover delete his post about SecureShield).

We use S!ri's products and research daily and find this to be a great piece of information. From what I have posted here today I have finally learned WHY the antispyware people do what they do - I knew it had to be money driven but could never figure out how. I know it's not so much that they want you to buy the product - though some do and they take your credit card information and use it over seas - but that is another story. I now understand that they make their money through these affiliates and pay per click's that occur on their many many fake web sites.

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