Rogue antivirus program.
In light of reports of increasing incidents of scareware and rogue
antivirus programs recently appearing on the Internet, Barracuda
Networks Inc. announced it is aware of a Web site promoting a rogue
spy-ware program called "Barracuda Antivirus." If downloaded,
reports indicate that the program performs a fake scan of the
user's computer, when in actuality it is installing spyware that
will subsequently display pop-up ads and other unwanted applications.
"This rogue 'Barracuda Antivirus' program is in no way
affiliated with Barracuda Networks and is just one of a string of recent
examples of hackers attempting to spread malicious programs using an
established and trusted Internet security brand," said Stephen Pao
for Barracuda Networks. "Our threat databases have been updated to
protect all Barracuda Networks customers from visiting or downloading
content from this rogue site and we advise all businesses and consumers
to work directly with their trusted Internet security product vendors
when deciding which solutions will best suit the needs of their
networks." In addition, Barracuda Networks is reaching out to
fellow Internet security vendors to ensure that their databases are also
updated to protect customers from inadvertently accessing the Web sites
that are hosting the fake executable program.