New research shows that browser based Tech Support Scams are starting to utilize services normally found in legitimate call center operations. These services, called call optimization services, are typically used by call centers to perform call load balancing, call routing, dynamic generation of phone numbers, and more.
A massive malvertising campaign has been exposed today in a report published by cybersecurity firm Check Point.
The release of Google Chrome 67 has reopened a "download bomb" bug that was exploited by tech support scammers last winter, and which had been fixed with the release of Chrome 65 in March 2018.
Tech support scams are bigger than ever, according to Microsoft, the company revealing last week that it received over 153,000 reports from customers who were the victims of a tech support scam in 2017, a number that went up 24 percent compared to complaints the OS maker received in 2016.
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.