Senator Scott Brown's Cosmopolitan Magazine Nude Pictures Arouse Fake Antivirus Infections


US got hit by a massive wave of infections due to Trojan.FakeAV.ABT
, fraudulously
linked by the 19th of January Massachusetts
elections topic
. Data provided by BitDefender’s Real-Time Virus Reporting System shows that
in North America, the number of systems
infected with this Trojan, increased -just
before the elections day (the 18th of January) with almost 8%, while
the number of infected files raised nearly 13%.

Security Tool Trojan

Just in the last two days, the
number of the infected systems severely grew in Canada: with 62% on the 19th
of January and with 14% on the 20th of January. The same ascending
trend for infections can be observed in UK – the number of infected systems
grew with more than 29%, while the number of the infected files with almost
53%; for France, the number of infected systems increased by 23%, while the
number of the infected files with about 32%. In Romania, the number of infected
systems raised more than 11%.

The following day, the Sexiest Man
of the Year 1982 and his nude pictures in Cosmopolitan Magazine – the same
Senator Scott Brown – not only that stirred women’s imagination, but got the
interest of malware creators too. The latter thought to exploit the volcanic
news to spread another fake antivirus: Trojan.FakeAV.XP

scott brown cosmopolitan magazine trojan

Instead of spicy pictures, the user receives
messages of false infection on his/her computer in order to make him/her buy
the fake antivirus product.




The rogue antivirus resembles the
program suite from the operating system and on its installation the user can
notice the following image:




Once onto the system, it creates a
startup registry value “Enterprise
” in order to run every time the operating system starts. It
damages the content of several systems files, delivering pop-up windows with
fake infections, while requiring user to buy a license for it.

To protect your systems and data and avoid compromising your
systems and data, follow the five security tips below:

  • first and foremost have
    legitimate antivirus software installed.
  • install and activate a reliable antimalware, firewall solution and
    spam filter
    , such as those provided by BitDefender.
  • do not download software that
    claims to be free or anything else unless you completely trust the source.
  • do not get fooled of fake video
    players that require “codecs” and Web scanners that pretend to disinfect your computer.
  • always scan your downloads before
    launching them.

About the author

Sabina DATCU

Sabina Datcu, PhD has background training in Applied Informatics and Statistics, Biology and Foreign Languages and Literatures. In 2003 she obtained a master degree in Systems Ecology and in 2009 a PhD degree in Applied Informatics and Statistics.
Since 2001, she was involved in University of Bucharest's FP 5 and FP6 European projects, as researcher in Information and Knowledge Management field.

In 2009, she joined the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender as technology writer and researcher, and started to write a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases.