Phishers Dangle Some Brand-New Bait

In September 2009, some unlucky visitors at the New York Times Web site clicked on an ad that attempted to install malware. The advertisement displayed a popup window informing readers that their computer might be infected with a virus; only by purchasing a new antivirus product could they be sure of having a clean system.The Times later acknowledged the scam in a posting on its Web site: “Some readers have seen a pop-up box warning them about a virus and directing them to a site that claims to offer antivirus software….If you see such a warning, we suggest that you not click on it. Instead, quit and restart your Web browser.” Phishers and scammers use this and other new tactics to deceive unsuspecting victims.

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