Symantec Security Response has discovered a scam trying to victimize people who want to get into the Google Wave community promising an application that generates Google Wave invites. Scammers convinced the victims that they can earn money by selling the invites to others. According to Symantec, unfortunately the said application is a piece of malware.
What is Google Wave? Google Wave is a new personal communication and collaboration tool developed by Google. It a web-based service designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking. Many people are looking for invites specially those for those who missed the initial sign up for this application. Because its gaining popularity, scammers use it as bait for unaware victims.
Scammers automatically post entries on forums, email or Twitter feeds including an item in the code box with a fake file, detected as the Backdoor.Tidserv malware. The attached file is a Trojan allowing the attacker to access and control your infected system and potentially steal personal data from your computer. The malware will be distributed if another user download and install it. Many people are being victimized because scammers promise them a Google Wave invite and extra cash if they are able to sell more just to make the users run the software. They are being attracted to Google Wave because of its current popularity.
Symantec advises the PC users to:
• be careful with whatever you click• prevent clicking links from unknown source• never download application from unknown sources• use an updated security software to prevent your PC from downloading malware
Since it is very popular now, it is being used as bait for online attacks increasing the chance of the attackers to harm your PC successfully. If your antivirus is updated, you will be protected from the Google Wave malware attack. If want to keep your PC clean and protected, Techie Now is here to help you. Our PC support services include virus and spyware removal, performance optimization, installation and configuration, and general repair. Contact Techie Now and we will protect you and your PC against scammers and malware.