The operators of some tech support scam websites have found a new trick to block visitors on their shady sites and scare non-technical users into paying for unneeded software or servicing fees.
An anonymous vigilante has taken matters into his own hands and removed malware from a Netgear site after the company failed to clean up a two-year-old malware infection.
Over the past few months, Tech Support scammers have been using the Spotify forums to inject their phone numbers into the first page of the Google & Bing search results. They do this by submitting a constant stream of spam posts to the Spotify forums, whose pages tend to rank well in Google.
A new tech support scam has been discovered that shows a fake crash on the infected computer and displays an application that pretends to be a Windows Troubleshooter. This Troubleshooter states that your computer cannot be fixed, blocks you from using Windows, and prompts you to purchase a program using PayPal to fix the "problems".
A malvertising group nicknamed KovCoreG by security researchers has been using fake browser and Flash updates to trick users into installing the Kovter malware.
Australian police have arrested a man from the city of Mackay on allegations of laundering money for the operators of a tech support and ransomware scheme.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled with a collective of tech support scammers, who were forced to forfeit assets valued at nearly $6 million.
As everyone expected, scammers are attempting to cash in on the mass hysteria currently surrounding the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, a mass-infection took place over the weekend of May 12 and 14, and whose effects we still feel today.
FTC Shuts Down Tech Support Scammer Posing as FTC Collaborator
An application named Event Monitor is a tech support scam with a twist, working by monitoring the Windows event logs, and showing a popup with an alarming message every time it detects an app crash.
TalkTalk, a UK-based Internet service provider, has temporarily banned TeamViewer and other similar remote control software programs, citing security issues related to increased scam operations.
A malvertising campaign has specifically targeted and redirected Chrome users to a website they couldn't leave unless they agreed to install a rogue Chrome extension.
Facebook users in France are subject to a wave of malicious ads, which if clicked, will redirect them to a website hosting a tech support scam.
Microsoft Edge SmartScreen SecuriManuel Caballero, the Web security expert behind the Broken Browser blog, has discovered that Microsoft Edge, the default web browser included with Windows 10, is affected by a vulnerability that allows a third-party to show fake warning messages for any online domain, such as Google, Facebook, or the
Malwarebytes and independent security researcher @TheWack0lian have released free decryptors for a new ransomware variant that appeared last week, which mimics a tech support scam and employs the Pastebin API to save decryption keys.
Office Depot employees have been selling unnecessary tech repair services after telling customers that their laptops and computers were infected with malware, reporters from Seattle TV station KIRO 7 said this week after being tipped off by a former employee.
Tech support scammers have weaponized a Chrome bug that has been reported in July 2014, but which Google engineers have yet to fix. This bug allows the scammers to freeze your browser and potentially Windows.
With malvertising and shady advertisers, it is becoming all to common to run into browser based tech support scams that try to trick you into calling a remote support number. These scams continue to evolve and use new and innovative approaches to prevent users from closing their browsers.
A new tech support scam Trojan is actively being distributed that allows the malware developers to remotely execute commands on an infected computer.