For cybercriminals, another celebrity’s death means a new life for their scams. Earlier today, we discovered new FAKEAV variants that take advantage of the death of the former Canadian teen idol, Corey Haim.
Using blackhat search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, a simple Google search for news on Corey Haim’s funeral gives out malicious links in the top search results, which redirect users to sites that eventually lead to the download of a FAKEAV.
A fake scan page convinces users that their computers were affected by several harmful files and that they should download and install the fake antivirus application.
Trend Micro detects the downloaded file as TROJ_FAKEAV.DBB. After installation, the program loads a scan page with fake scan results and offers to remove the harmful files from the users’ machines.
There is, of course, a slight catch since the product requires activation. We advise users to be wary of such tactics since they may unwillingly divulge sensitive information. In this case, the attackers ask for credit card information.
Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ protects customers from this threat by blocking user access to the malicious websites that host the malicious FAKEAV file. It also detects and prevents the download of TROJ_FAKEAV.DBB via the file reputation service.