A RUSSIAN hacker has trousered $158,000 in a single week flogging rubbish software to Americans, according to insecurity experts.
The sneak uses pop-ups warning of multiple infections that persistently suggest that users need to download a $US49.95 software package called Antivirus XP 2008 or Antivirus XP 2009.
The software appears to find and remove multiple trojans and viruses but, in fact, does absolutely nothing.
The attack is delivered by botnets controlled mainly by Russian hackers who, as they don't actually attack Russian computers, are immune to prosecution under local laws.
One company which is responsible for the attacks, Bakasoftware, was recently invaded by a hacker called NeoN who revealed that the most successful affiliate of the scheme had earned $158,000 in a week. µ
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