Monday, June 28, 2010

Who to trust in this untrusted Internet World?

While browsing internet, you may end up infecting your PC

I received the following email from Myer in regards to their Myer One (shopping rewards card) promotion. Myer is Australia's largest department store group, and a market leader in Australian retailing. They offer an unrivalled choice in the latest national, international and 'exclusive to Myer' brands across women's, men's, and children's fashion, as well as accessories, cosmetics, homeware, furniture, electrical goods and much more.

In this promotional email, they are advising to use the Myer One card in the mentioned restaurant to get more rewards point which can be used to redeem gift vouchers plus you'll get $10 discount. (See below)

I like Indian restaurants so immediately I "Googled" the restaurant to find out the more details including their menu, specialities, location etc. (See below)

In the Google search results, I was able to find the website of the restaurant, which I clicked to find out more details as mentioned above. What I noticed that the the website URL is redirecting to some other website and It's giving a message that PC is infected. (See below)

As I clicked on cancel, the page redirected to another web-page pretending that it is running a scan and found so many trojans, viruses and malware on the computer. (See below)

Immediately, I closed the window and ran a virus scan on my computer to ensure if the PC has not been infected with something malicious. My concerns are, who to trust in this untrusted Internet world, Myer is quite famous in retail shopping and their Myer One is highly regarded rewards system in Australia, an email from them and Google search results of a malware-hosted website is really scary and proves that end-user is getting infected rapidly and they need security-awareness in how to deal with such suspicious activity plus an anti-virus with up to date virus definitions.

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