The Nocebo Effect on the Web: An Analysis of Fake Anti-Virus Distribution

  title={The Nocebo Effect on the Web: An Analysis of Fake Anti-Virus Distribution},
  author={Moheeb Abu Rajab and Lucas Ballard and Panayiotis Mavrommatis and Niels Provos and Xin Zhao},
We present a study of Fake Anti-Virus attacks on the web. Fake AV software masquerades as a legitimate security product with the goal of deceiving victims into paying registration fees to seemingly remove malware from their computers. Our analysis of 240 million web pages collected by Google’s malware detection infrastructure over a 13 month period discovered over 11,000 domains involved in Fake AV distribution. We show that the Fake AV threat is rising in prevalence, both absolutely, and… CONTINUE READING
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