Trend Micro issues rogue warning

Harassed IT managers, struggling to cope with a growing range of threats, now face a new danger: rogue security applications.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 12, 2007

Harassed IT managers, struggling to cope with a growing range of threats, now face a new danger: rogue security applications. Security firm Trend Micro is warning users to look out for these so-called “rogue” applications; these are downloaded and installed on users’ PCs without their knowledge and give false warnings of infection. The aim, Trend Micro said, is to encourage users to buy full versions of the applications, at a cost of typically US$50 per user. Once installed, the software proves to be worthless, while the user has given over his credit card details to a fraudulent company. The rogue software is designed to look and feel like legitimate security software running in trial mode on a user’s PC. While they will flag up viruses or other infections they only do so to encourage the user to buy a full version of the software. “Rogue security programmes are clearly on the rise”, said Justin Doo, managing director Trend Micro Middle East and North Africa. “Therefore users must demonstrate caution and always be alert when downloading software. In addition they need to protect their systems by using the latest security software against Web threats from a known and reliable vendor such as Trend Micro.”

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