Tag Archives: Popups

Pop-up Support Scams – on a screen near you

I’ve added a link to the another article to the support scam resources page: this one is by me for ESET, on the way support scams are gradually moving away from simple-minded cold-calling to fake-AV-like pop-ups, intended to trick victims into making the initial telephone contact. The scams are aimed not only at Windows users but at users of OS X and iOS, Android, and even (rather ineptly) Linux. How many Linux users believe their system uses an NT Kernel? (And no, Wine doesn’t either: it implements the App Binary Interface in userspace, not in a kernel module.)

Here’s the direct link to the ESET article: Tech Support Scams: Top of the Pop-Ups

And an article for Mac Virus expands on the cross-platform issues.

David Harley

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More on iOS support scams

Added to the resource page today:

Here’s a further Mac Virus article in the light of an F-Secure article explaining that pop-up blocking in Safari doesn’t fix the iOS Support Scams issue I added yesterday: A bit more on iOS support scams. I don’t necessarily include links here that are internal to a link that I have added here, but as this issue still seems quite ‘live’ I will this time:

I also notice that there’s a Wikipedia article on support scams here. It’s not exactly comprehensive, but it’s reasonably accurate and even links to a couple of my articles. :)