Fake Windows Update Popup: It's Back (Again)

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The fake Windows Update popup has been doing the rounds on Myspace for a long time (we're talking at least June 2007). Every now and again it returns, usually varying the payload. Well, here we have an example where Phishing is involved and a sneaky imitation of a well known security program is thrown in for good measure. Find out more after the jump...

Deepak, one of our researchers came across this today:

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It is, of course, Ye Olde Fake Microsoft popup, complete with installer that typically tries to scare the user into purchasing rogue antispyware products.

However, this one leads back to an FTP Directory with a bunch of new files that have apparently been sitting there since the 11th of May:

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Even more interesting, check out the HTML file sitting in the directory:

http://blog.spywareguide.com/upload/2008/05/msms3-thumb.gif
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We have a definite tie between one of these fake popups and an honest-to-goodness Phishing page sitting on the same URL. Shall we look at one of the popups? You might find this strangely familiar, because the bad guys are imitating a well known security product:

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Compare and contrast with the real thing - an alert from reputable security program NOD32 Antivirus.

Pretty devious.

Discovery and Research: Deepak Setty, FSL Senior Threat Research Engineer

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