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Skype Chats Use Scare Tactics To Install Rogues



A few readers have written, saying that they recently received Skype phone calls urging them to download and install a system update for Microsoft Windows. Users who visit the recommended site are bombarded with the same old scareware prompts that try to frighten them into purchasing worthless security software.




Skype Chats Use Scare Tactics To Install Rogues



These rogues may claim to be antivirus products or system cleaning programs. Some even claim to be from the FBI. They look authentic, but they are designed to infect your PC to extort money from you, or to install additional malware on your computer.


At this point, Sarjun senses he can go in for the kill. He tells David it will cost $300 to fix the problem, and David gladly complies to avoid any more problems. Sarjun uses the exact same scare tactics with every victim, and they have been very effective. Jim found a spreadsheet on Sarjun's computer that showed he had scammed close to 1,000 victims and taken in more than $250,000 in the first six months of 2020 alone. Pretty good dough for a solo scammer sitting on a couch in India.


Tech Support Scams are programs, web sites, or even unsolicited phone calls that try to scare you into calling a remote tech support number so that they can sell you unnecessary services. These scams use scare tactics such as falsely stating that your computer has a virus, that they work for Microsoft or Google and have detected malicious network activity, or that your computer is not properly activated and that you should call a remote tech support number to fix these issues.


The last, and possibly most malicious, tech support scams are programs that when installed display fake alerts or messages in order to scare you into calling a remote tech support number. These infections will show screens such as fake Windows crashes, product activation screens, or security alerts about possible viruses.


"International Official Lottery", "Congratulations device user!", "2020 Opinion Survey" and "Dear user, congratulations!" are some examples of scams similar to "Gift card giveaway". The internet is rife with various scams, which use social engineering and scare tactics to abuse users' trust.


How to avoid: Use the same tactics mentioned before with the inclusion of also choosing a custom install option. As mentioned above, choosing a custom install is wisely recommended because then you control what is installed on your system. Always, try to choose a custom install when available.


One campaign has been identified that delivers a novel malware variant dubbed Inno Stealer, which is installed by an executable file in the downloaded ISO file. Inno Stealer can steal web browser cookies, passwords stored in browsers, data from the filesystem, and data in cryptocurrency wallets. Other malware variants are also being distributed using similar tactics. Fake windows installers have also been distributed via phishing emails. One campaign delivers Qbot malware via a password-protected ZIP file that contains a malicious MSI installer.


Phishers are constantly changing their tactics, techniques, and procedures to evade security solutions and fool end users into disclosing sensitive information or installing malware. One of the most commonly used tactics is to impersonate trusted companies, with emails often including corporate logos, footers, and even correct contact information to make the messages look like genuine communications from the spoofed companies.


Cybercriminals regularly change their tactics, techniques and procedures to evade security defenses and fool people into divulging sensitive information or installing malware. The themes of malicious emails and lures in phishing emails often change, but there are commonalities in many of these scams which are detailed below. A scam or phishing email may include one or more of these tactics or techniques.


Cybercriminals are using an increasing range of tactics, techniques and procedures to fool the unwary into disclosing their credentials or installing malware, which is making it hard for end users to distinguish between genuine and malicious messages.


I tried to read through everything, only saw one mention of the man-db under /var/libChecking for the man-cy, I do not have but I do have the man-db folder.New to linux here, found a distro that is pleasing, concerned about this hacked version.I had two events though that concerned me, on the 20th, navigate to Google.com and the site was blocking me, too many attempts or too many connections.Installed skype, was sending a file to my colleague and it indicated I was sending the file to two contacts, and further investigating this was showing to be the same contact waiting to receive, I figure this is a skype issue though.I have the ISO and install went fine, I am as I say new to linux and still have to learn how to do the MD5 check.Should I be concerned? ISO File date is from Feb 05-2016 so downloaded long before the 20th.REALLY liking this distro ? thank youHarlan


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