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Beware Fake VirusTotal Site

VirusTotal Fake

The securelist blog has reported that they have found a fake website pretending to be VirusTotal, the popular open-to-the-public malware submission and multi-engine analysis site.

Visiting the site might get you infected (depending on your security settings) via a javascript drive-by exploit that will download a malicious java exploit that in turn will set up your system as part of a botnet.

Such botnets are used to perform DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks and to deliver spam messages.

To avoid infection, consider the following as the minimum you should be doing to protect you and you valuable data:

  1. Use “safe site” or “trusted sites” technology that comes for free with your browser – and don’t allow javascript to run from untrusted sites
  2. Always have the latest security patches applied to your computer
  3. Have an update-to-date antivirus installed on your computer
  4. Have an up-to-date anti-spyware installed on your computer
  5. Use a cutting edge anti-spam solution
  6. Do not trust links in spam, nor links sent to you when you don’t know the recipient well
  7. Even if you do trust a recipient, treat all links as suspicious
  8. Don’t allow downloads to auto-run. Turn off auto-download in your browser

Following the above simple steps will allow you to have a safe online experience, not marred by constant infection by malware.

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About Justin Bellinger

Justin is an experienced software professional, having worked in software and software security for nearly 20 years. Justin is VP of Security Products at SPAMfighter.
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