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2013-01-29 14:26:10.546062-08 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Ugh: 6th call today from the "we want you to install software on your Windows computer" scammers. #makeitstop #killthem #killthemall

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-30 02:36:42.147877-08 by: hananc

First time I am hearing about this kind of scam. Reminds me of what we call here The Syrian Virus - "we can't program a virus so please delete a random folder in your computer".

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-30 08:32:45.433359-08 by: Dan Lyke

It's someone calling up claiming to be "from technical support" noticing that "there are lots of packets coming from your Windows computer to our server". I haven't been booted into a Windows computer in long enough that I have trouble dragging them out too long, but from other reports they basically walk you through downloading and installing software that's supposed to fix this problem.

Obviously it's an exploit that expands their botnet.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-30 14:29:48.962403-08 by: hananc

Yeah, I have Googled it and learned about the practice.

The amazing thing is that it's worth their time trying to convince people to do that.

Either the companies make a lot of money from the bots or that the people who make the calls are very very cheap.