Russian scammers cash in on pop-up menace

Cyber criminals are earning up to $US150,000 a week selling fake anti-virus software to naive internet users, confidential documents obtained by a US security researcher reveal.Computer users typically receive annoying pop-up messages telling them their computer is infected and they can clean their machine by clicking to buy a $US49.95 software package called Antivirus XP 2008 or Antivirus XP 2009.The pop-ups are either delivered through ads on websites or, more commonly, directly to the user’s computer if it has been infected with a virus and subsequently recruited as part of a “botnet” of PCs controlled by hackers.

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