Symantec Discovers An Airport Internet Terminal Security Threat

Nick Johnston, Senior Software Engineer at Symantec Hosted Services, has just posted a warning on the MessageLabs Intelligence Blog – Scareware Haunts Airport Internet Terminals, that all air travelers should read.

Here’s a preview –

This year, people traveling by air have had to contend with disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland, industrial action and tour operators collapsing. But while traveling ourselves, we noticed another threat: airport Internet terminals infected with malware.

Many airports have public Internet terminals for passengers without their own laptops to check email or browse the Web. In a large airport in England, we noticed one terminal with an usual “Defense Center Installer” dialog box. “Defense Center Installer” is a fake anti-virus software, also known as “scareware”.

This type of malware claims that a user is infected with a virus, and encourages them to buy the full version of the software to …….

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3 responses to “Symantec Discovers An Airport Internet Terminal Security Threat

  1. Hi Bill,
    Wonderful, this is amazing. Who’s running this show? Actually I guess we know who, the hackers.
    In a mall I’m occasionally dragged to, they have “smart screens” with “helpful” information to get people to part with their money. Well this one smart screen seems to frequently have a “Blue Screen” as in BSOD, not so smart.
    Mark

  2. It’s a shame that spyware and malware seem to be infecting everything and anything with there poisonous codes!

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