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Trend Micro Warns Against Cybercriminals Capitalizing on Windows 8's Popularity
By Joy Hou - on 6 Feb 2013, 6:15pm

Trend Micro Warns Against Cybercriminals Capitalizing on Windows 8's Popularity

Trend Micro has detected some sites which are offering their own dubious version of free 'Windows 8 Activator' upgrade. With the adoption rate of Windows 8 increasing by more than 30% in January 2013, cybercriminals are hoping to ride on Windows 8's popularity.

This time the offer is “Windows 8 Activators”, which comes amidst the news of Microsoft’s limited offer of a discounted Windows 8 upgrade. Like other significant news these links often lead to specially crafted malicious sites that take advantage of the media hype. The links embedded in these lead to tailor-made sites that host malware or redirect and hijack your accounts and personal information, or spread through account infections.

Screenshot of site offering fake Windows 8 activator (Image source: Trend Micro)

Trend Micro recommends some safety tips for users:-

  • Never click on suspicious links
  • Bookmark reliable sites to avoid falling for cybercriminals’ traps
  • Spread the word – Tell others what you know so that your friends and family do not fall for cybercriminal traps
  • Prevention is always better than cure –Invest in an effective security solution that protects your system and data from all kinds of threats.

Source: Trend Micro Blog


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