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“Your com­puter has an is­sue”

AT­TACK VEC­TOR: Tele­phone, or pop-up warn­ing from a sus­pi­cious web­site THE SCAM: “Mi­crosoft Tech Sup­port” has no­ticed some un­usual ac­tiv­ity and sus­pects your com­puter may have a virus. It of­fers to rem­edy the prob­lem–some­times by di­rect­ing you to a web­site, ask­ing your per­mis­sion to re­motely con­trol your ma­chine THE GOAL: Money, iden­tity theft, mal­ware in­ser­tion, bot­net in­te­gra­tion (claim­ing your com­puter as part of a ma­trix of re­motely con­trolled com­put­ers, which in turn are used for il­le­gal ends) THE TELL: You work on a Mac; you don't ac­tu­ally own a com­puter FEAR FAC­TOR: $$$–the pop-ups can be alarm­ing

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