Wednesday's total solar eclipse over India and China has been exploited as a bait for sites punting scareware. Miscreants are using black hat search engine trickery to point geographically-confused users towards websites peddling rogue antivirus software, as explained in an illustrated advisory by Trend Micro here. A search …
Some deserve it
..."Solar Eclipse 2009 in America"............. target market for such scams - relatively affluent, if perhaps slightly naive westerners
It's said that 95% of Americans don't even know where Europe is, and from that one can only assume that refereces to India or China could only be about restaurant locations.
Business as usual
Equating a solar eclipse with yet another excuse to offload scamware is a leap of logic that I simply cannot make. Seems like I lack the immense mental faculties that are obviously required to become a successful scammer. On the other hand, I also lack the profound ability to reach for my credit card without any good reason, meaning that I will never be part of the scammer market either. Is it frustrating to witness all this activity and know I'll never be part of it ? Nope.