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From a Wired article:
Before they built an international underworld empire before they weaseled their way onto millions of computers, before their online enterprise was bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, before they were fugitives wanted by Interpol Sam Jain, now 41, and Daniel Sundin, 33, were just a couple of garden-variety Internet hustlers…
Then they discovered how much PC users were afraid of infection by computer viruses.
Read the article: How Two Scammers Built an Empire Hawking Sketchy Software, Wired>>
The appeal of the bogus antivirus softwareoften called "scareware"is
rooted in fear. This fraud doesn’t rely on convincing the victim of
something preposterousfor example, that a Nigerian prince needs help
relocating his money. Instead, the delivery is calibrated to capitalize
on the real warnings we’ve all gotten.
More on fake antiviruses and malware: The Perfect Scam. It’s the dark side of innovation: how crooks peddling fake antivirus software have gamed the Web in a billion-dollar rip-off. Technology Review India, MIT>>