If you are a Firefox user on Windows (which I’m sure many of you are) then don’t be to hasty to install any “critical update” that may pop up as it may just be the fake antivirus doing its rounds. Sophos, a leader in security programs for all platforms have brought to light this new scam that seems to target Windows users of Firefox. It’s triggered when the user gets a page redirect, a fake Windows Update page pops up asking the user to immediately download a 2.8MB security update. The unsuspecting user who agrees to this will later find non-existent malware reported by the same bogus program.
This is not the first attack on Firefox and won’t be the last. Just last week, Sophos reported another scam that alerts the user with fake security warnings that trigger the browser’s security alerts. It seems that hackers are using smart social engineering tactics to trick users into installing bogus software themselves.