The dreaded “Blue Screen of Death” has been an unfortunate part of the Windows experience since the early days of desktop computing, but now it is being used to the advantage of scam artist. Microsoft has put out a warning over a recent batch of malware that mimics a “Blue Screen” crash and encourages users to call a fraudulent hotline.
Microsoft has called this malware Hicurdismos, and warns that it is spread through the practice of “drive by download”. When a user visits a compromised website, they receive a pop-up advertisement stating that they either need to download or upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials, as you may be aware, is an antimalware program that is available for Windows 7 or 8. By using a familiar brand, scammers give users a false sense of security and make them more likely to download the malware.