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Scammers are trying to con gullible marks into getting infected via a fake Firefox 4.0 beta download scam. Preview editions of the next version of Firefox are available for download directly from Mozilla at no charge (natch). So it's pretty obvious that offers of Firefox 4 beta cracks or a keygen are entirely bogus and almost …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    the true freetard steals...

    ....even when it's free! Seriously some people get a thrill from stealing something even if it has no value (see 99% of illegal music downloads) and these scammers are doing a fine social engineering work.

    1. Tigra 07

      Another way to look at it...

      Doesn't that just say how unobservent and stupid some of these people are tho?

  2. Sir Runcible Spoon


    If you can't beat them, beat them harder.

    If it was only legal for security bods to create their own malware that takes the punter off to a site that teaches them how not to fall for really stupid scams.

    Oh well.

  3. Stu

    Been around for a while...

    ...various sites offer you downloads implying to be unavailable elsewhere for free, but of course they rely on the fact that people haven't heard of it before, and are too lazy to do a quick google search.

    One key example was the SysInternals BSOD BlueScreen screensaver. I'm sure hacked and trojan'd copies of that made the rounds quite a bit.

    Ever more ironic is the fact that the author of the screensaver, a certain Mark Russinovich, who became a MS employee after SysInternals was dissolved into the MS website, is a bit of a low-level Windows expert and quite up on security issues too!

    script kiddies getting the boot-in undoubtedly.

    1. Lionel Baden
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      Long Live Sysinternals !!!

      god i could never do without them ...

    2. karl 15


      Mark has some very useful tools on his site, saved my bacon a few times

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Search for any program + crack/serial/keygen and you'll get dozens of results. Many just take part of the URL and paste it into the page at various points, so whatever they have is probably nothing but malware.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I knew there were some pretty stupid people out there, but you'd have to be virtually brain dead to fall for this.

    Is there actually any proof that people have fallen for it?

    1. cannon

      lol title

      there are believe me, i deal with them on a daily basis, some ppl just shouldnt own a pc!

      1. LinkOfHyrule


        Yeah, if you're to thick to use a PC, use a Mac. Think DUHfferent

        Calm down I'm only joking, bloody irate fanbois!

  5. Anonymous Coward

    @Stu: damning by faint praise

    "Mark Russinovich, who became a MS employee after SysInternals was dissolved into the MS website, is a bit of a low-level Windows expert"

    That's rather like saying that Concorde was somewhat faster than the average snail...

    1. Maty

      No it isn't

      It was. These days the average snail gets about a lot more...

    2. John H Woods Silver badge

      British English is Homeopathic, remember!

      a bit of a low-level windows expert = 'an absolute genius'

      I had to explain this to a Portuguese friend whose spoken English was perfect but who was nevertheless prone to giving away his non-native origins by saying things like 'Those Mercedes soft-tops are fantastically expensive'. What he should have said, of course is '... a little steep' or 'a tad pricey'. Oh and not waved his hands about quite so much, either!

  6. Tatsky

    I have heard of this

    It's called Natural Selection.

  7. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    A little market research

    suggested that this would be a good tactic - if you're going to be a bottom feeder then it makes sense to go after the low hanging fruit... what's next, a Adobe Reader hack?

    oh wait ...

  8. John Sanders
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    Russinovich knew too much, that's why he was bought.

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  10. Deadly_NZ

    But the unfortunate thing is

    That they then go spreading the misinformation that FF is virus or malware infected and then ppl run to IE so maybe it's all done by Microshaft?? to get thier market share back lol

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Wanna score a copy of IE6?

    Send me a postal order :)

  12. Matt Hawkins

    No helping some people

    There are people who buy Open Office on eBay. Some people are just asking to be parted with their money ...

    1. Anonymous Coward


      It depends. When I started messing with Linux, I had to regularly buy books and magazines that shipped with "free" copies of Linux and OpenOffice on the cover. They were usually outdated because I'd buy them off a bargain bin due to their price as well. Reason? I was on dial-up. DSL was unavialable my area then, since the monopolizing ISP said "there wasn't enough demand" in my area. I wasn't going to put up with the ridiculous one-month download time. And I was reluctant to use download managers because at that time was either shareware that expires in 7 days (too short a time to download a 650MB ISO over a connection that averages at 12kbps) or shipped with that infamous "gator" spyware. And oh, I had no CD burners then too.

      Those days may be long gone for me - that was exactly 10 years ago. But to my dismay I find that it's still a bleak reality to many of those living elsewhere, particularly in third world countries (or heck, even in the redneck territory of many developed countries, where the Internet connection available is either 56k or lower.

      Sent from a crappy EDGE connection.

  13. JC 2

    Plausible Advert

    It's not hard to imagine how one might dupe the uninitiated into trying to crack a FF beta, simply remark that it is a newer version not released to the general public that *won't work* unless cracked -OR- simply claim it's the entire Firefox installation EXE of a newer beta version, then no need for a separate crack or patch as the infection is started when the downloader attempts to install the new FF beta.

    Should people know better? Of course, but it doesn't change human curiosity particularly if you up-sell the beta claiming it has sweeping changes compared to that offered as a beta on Mozilla's site.

    It's all about social engineering, if you can sell a widget for money you can sell a free download all that much easier.

  14. Peter Laws


    I don't feel sorry for people who get sucked into things like this........ Thick people shouldn't have computers - period!

  15. Anonymous Coward


    It's amazing that people aren't more careful since they are downloading from a crack site after all.

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