Malicious schemes promising free or discounted items are effective because everyone likes a great offer. More so, if the offered item is a much-talked about product like Windows 8.
Last year, we unraveled some fake Windows 8 generators, fake Windows 8 antivirus programs, and phishing email that surfaced right after the platform’s release. Though it’s been months since it was launched, we found out that certain bad guys are continuously using the brand to lure users into their ruse. This time, however, they are offering Windows 8 “activators” amidst news of Microsoft’s limited offer of discounted Windows 8 upgrade.
During our research, we found several websites using Windows 8 as keywords. The first site purportedly offers free Windows 8 “activator”, which is actually fake (detected by Trend Micro as HKTL_KEYGEN).
Figure 1. Screenshot of site offering fake Windows 8 activator
The other site we looked into also offers free Windows 8 activator, dubbing it the “Windows 8 Activator Loader Extreme Edition 2013”.