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    F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    F-Secure have talked about rogue security applications on their blog the last days and show several examples, as they have done before. As we all know, the last 1-2 years has seen a huge increase in different types of rogue anti-malware software. In one way, perhaps, they are getting better in their malicious intentions: they use what looks like more legitimate names and their sites or "software" often "borrows" a lot from trusted, well-known software.

    F-Secure Weblog : News from the Lab
    Really Legal Stuff - Tuesday, September 30, 2008
    and a longer follow-up
    John Doe is a Criminal Mastermind - Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Be careful out there - Hill Street Blues.

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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    Interesting but frightening - some people shouldn't be allowed to share this planet...

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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    You don't have to go far for this stuff.

    Just try Googling for spybot search destroy and observe the website addresses of the right-hand-side adverts. Would you trust any of them to give you the proper software?
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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    Nope.

    There are adverts in Google? Then I must have missed that. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Ah well. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

    Got to smile. The fellows over at F-Secure (as you all know is a Finnish worldwide company) continue their little reporting on Rogue anti-spyware.

    That is, programs that purport to be legitimate Anti-Spyware applications, often using false positives to alarm the user of the need of that particular program. In best cases someone pays money for an unreliable, useless program; in worst cases they get malware on their PC instead of anti-malware.

    We all know that our IP addresses are shown when we surf the web, and that there are services that can be used to look up a certain address for geographic location (such as GeoIP from MaxMind) with quite some accuracy.

    As F-Secure shows, the critters now use the above technique to generate individual, tailored "threats".

    "It's Very Dangerous Trojan Viruses for Users from Finland, especially from Helsinki" <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    It's the same rouge programs now marketed with a tailored threat for your country/city.

    Not much of a problem, since we know that these so called programs are out there; but for those who have not seen this, the extra accuracy in detail and connection to their country may sound more alarming. Still a little amusing. So that particular "Trojan Viruses" is less dangerous if I move to London?

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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    Yes, that could become quite amusing:

    It's Very Dangerous Trojan Viruses for Users from Tristan da Cunha, especially from Edinburgh of the Seven Seas.

    ... now that's a targeted trojan!

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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    So I wonder where these guys may think I am from.

    What passes for broadband at my home is in fact a satellite service for people in 'remote' Australia (I didn't think that 10km from the town centre is remote ... but that is another story - maybe they were considering my attitude!). The satellite service is provided by Optus on behalf of the Australian Government and I buy through a third party. Any time I have checked the geographic accuracy of the location of my IP address I have had such varied results as St Ives in Sydney to somewhere on the west coast of the US.

    For me, then, I guess, anything that thinks it can localise according to IP address will be a dead giveaway that they are trying to pull the wool over my eyes.

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    Re: F-Secure blog takes a look at rogue software

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> You could try one service here. Not the rogue software site of course, but a demo page over at Maxmind and the Geolocation service they are selling.

    I've never used such a service and their customers are anyhow site owners etc.; just tested with some addresses; let's say the results were 50-80 km off (quite good) or, more, way off...

    I agree, many times they are way off, either I guess due to how the ISP has it organized and detailed, or due to not so good coverage for those addresses (from the service). Guess there are many other services, and some that are capable of finding a more precise location.

    Alan,
    Yes, indeed; small target and they surely would be amused by the remark. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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