Oct 30 2008

Scareware pays … and pays well

Published by at 5:18 am under Malware

I figured that scareware (software that creates pop-ups telling you your computer is infected and can be cleaned for just $49.95) paid, otherwise organized crime wouldn’t be involved.  But I hadn’t realized how well; according to the NYT, Bakasoftware made over $5 million last year selling their own software.  Two things I thought was interesting is that the software uninstalls itself if the owner of the computer is a Russian speaker (Bakasoftware is a Russian company).  The second thing, which may just be coincidence, is that ‘baka’ is Japanese for fool or idiot.  It’d make sense for a scareware company to name itself “Idiot Software”.  And yes, I’ve been watching too much anime lately.

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