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Malware writers exploit Google Wave popularity

Symantec : 03 November, 2009  (Technical Article)
Symantec is warning users of Google Wave about the rise in popularity of the tool with cyber-criminals
Scammers are riding on Google Wave's current popularity and trusted brand status to peddle malware to unsuspecting victims who missed the initial sign up for the popular application, according to Symantec.

Symantec Security Response has detected a campaign tricking people who want to get into the Google Wave community by promising not only an application that generates Google Wave invites, but convinces them that they can turn a fat profit by selling the invites on to others. In reality, this promised application is actually a piece of malware.

Patrick Fitzgerald, security analyst, Symantec, said: "Cybercriminals have used Google Wave for the bait precisely because of current its popularity. Furthermore, using a trusted brand like this increases the chance of success for the attacker. Unfortunately, this technique is something fraudsters use all the time and internet users should be wary - if something appears too good to be true, then it usually is."

Symantec advises that internet users are protected from this attack as long as they have their antivirus definitions up to date. It recommends that consumers and business users should:

* Be careful what you click on. Exercise caution when clicking on links from unknown senders.

* Only download applications from reputable sources. In this case, Google Wave's official website has a page for users to request invites.

* Deploy protection: Arm yourself with strong and updated security software to catch and prevent malware from downloading. Norton's 2010 products proactively protect from spyware, viruses, worms, hackers and botnets, and other security risks.
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