After a complaint filed by Microsoft India, 24 tech support scammers have reportedly been arrested from various fake call centers in India, for impersonating Microsoft support officials.
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A security researcher has found thousands of pages on the Microsoft TechNet portal which contain tech support scams promoting phone numbers for cryptocurrency exchanges and social media services.
A new scam has been tracked by Malwarebytes that affects the Chrome browser on Windows. The tech support scam gets the browser to freeze, prompting users to call a fake support number to free it.
A new phishing campaign which utilizes spam emails was recently discovered by Microsoft. These will redirect to websites that will try to extort money from victims through fake tech support.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in scam calls, in which victims are led to believe they're paying 'Microsoft' to fix issues that the scammers have created on their PCs.
The Action Fraud centre of the UK is now warning people about tech support scams saying their machine is infected by WannaCry, and then demanding a hefty amount of money as payment.
As part of an effort to combat technical support scams, the Federal Trade Commission in the US has announced a crackdown on the practice, highlighting 16 new actions with international partners.
A tech support scam program called Event Monitor was recently discovered. It displays a bogus "Your PC is at risk" message every time a Windows app crashes, flashing a number to call fake technicians.
To be able to combat tech support scammers, a programmer has utilized bots which answer the fraudulent calls. This, according to him, is his major initiative to shut down Windows scammers for good.
A web security researcher has discovered a bug within Microsoft Edge's SmartScreen feature, which could allow scammers to create legitimate-looking warning messages and block reputable websites.
A new type of ransomware has been discovered, which utilizes tech support scammers to supposedly help victims. They will demand a large amount of money, but will not decrypt affected files.
Office supply store Office Depot has been allegedly swindling its customers, by saying that there are malware and viruses on their computer. This, according to an employee, is done to meet quotas.
A bug in Google Chrome that was discovered in 2014 is now being utilized by tech support scammers. It will freeze a system, and then display a phone number to allegedly fix the problem.