FBI Estimates Consumer Losses of Over $150 Million to Rogue Anti-Virus

December 25, 2009
December 25, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) reported that "the FBI is aware of an estimated loss to victims in excess of $150 million" from "Rogue" Anti-Virus.

This threat typically presents itself in the form of a pop-up window which could appear on any type of website a user is visiting. The popup will suggest that the user’s computer is somehow infected and invites the user to download software on the pretense of removing it or further scanning the system for more. Typically, such downloads will contain malware, as well as an invitation to pay the perpetrator a fee to remove it.

As part of his Internet Security Insider video blog series, Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu offers his unique, insider viewpoint on this type of threat and what to do about it. In Establishing PC Security Software Standards he explains an industry-wide initiative within the security software industry to develop standards that enable users to differentiate between legitimate and "Rogue" security providers. This initiative, the Common Computing Security Standards Forum, has created a list of known legitimate security software vendors which consumers can view at the CCSS Forum Website. Comodo Security Solutions is a member of the forum and was instrumental in its formation.

About Comodo

Comodo is a leading brand in Internet security, covering an extensive range of security software and services, including digital certificates, PCI scanning, desktop security, online faxing, and computer technical support services.

Businesses and consumers worldwide recognize Comodo as standing for security and trust. Comodo products secure and authenticate online transactions for over 200,000 businesses and have more than 25,000,000 installations of Comodo desktop security software, including an award-winning firewall and antivirus software offered at no charge.

The Comodo family of companies is committed to continual innovation, core competencies in PKI, authentication, and malware detection and prevention. As a catalyst in eliminating online crime, the companies' mission is to establish a Trusted Internet.

With US headquarters overlooking Manhattan on New Jersey's waterfront, and global resources in United Kingdom, China, India, Ukraine, and Romania, Comodo products offer intelligent security, authentication, and assurance.

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