“Tech support scammers have started exploiting a two-year-old bug in Google Chrome to trick victims into believing their PC is infected with malware,” reports security researcher Sophos. It begins by freezing the browser, BrianFagioli reports, sharing an article from Beta News:
These bad guys pose as Microsoft tech support and display an in-browser message that says the user’s computer is infected with “Virus Trojan.worm! 055BCCAC9FEC”. To make matters worse, Google has apparently known about the exploit for more than two years and simply failed to patch it. “The bug was discovered in Chrome 35 in July 2014 in the history.pushState() HTML5 function, a way of adding web pages into the session history without actually loading the page in question. The developer who reported the issue published code showing how to add so many items into Chrome’s history list that the browser would effectively freeze”, says Sophos…
“Users can either close Chrome using the Task Manager or, in cases where the browser is using up so much processor power that Task Manager doesn’t appear, by rebooting the computer. The chances of encountering this particular scam are small — it’s only been spotted on a single website — but its existence underlines how small bugs that don’t seem terribly important may nevertheless be abused by cybercriminals down the line.”
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