FAKEAV - FBI launches Operation Trident Tribunal
Hopefully, our government agencies will be successful in this new campaign, designed to reduce and eventually eradicate Fake AV attacks
QUOTE: Department of Justice and the FBI announced “Operation Trident Tribunal,” a coordinated, international law enforcement action that disrupted the activities of two international cyber crime rings involved in the sale of scareware. The groups are believed responsible for victimizing more than one million computer users and causing more than $74 million in total losses.
How to spot scareware on your own computer:
- Scareware pop-ups may look like actual warnings from your system, but upon closer inspection, some elements aren’t fully functional. For instance, to appear authentic, you may see a list of reputable icons—like software companies or security publications—but you can’t click through to go to those actual sites.
- Scareware pop-ups are hard to close, even after clicking on the “Close” or “X” button.
- Fake antivirus products are designed to appear legitimate, with names such as Virus Shield, Antivirus, or VirusRemover.