Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fake Browser Plug-in—A New Vehicle for Scammers

Facebook scams have become a common propagation vector for scammers to earn commissions. But once in a while, something interesting happens that makes security researchers sit up and take notice. One such case is a scam that is currently fooling victims into downloading a fake browser plug-in. The scenario is very simple: the victim is lured into watching some video; but instead of asking the victim to share/like the video, (which we have seen in many scams) the scammers present the victim with a fake plug-in download image, which is required to see the video.