Thursday, October 02, 2008

Malicious Pop Ups Still Fake Out Users

According to recent study, even well-informed users, who should know better, can be caught by malicious pop up windows.

The screen shots in the study, conducted by a group of psychologists at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, show some pretty impressive fake pop ups.

Now, remember, these aren't phishing sites. They're web sites designed to look like error messages packed in error-sized windows. Clicking on the "x" in the upper right hand corner of the window prevents redirection to a malicious site.

Clicking on "OK," as many study participants did, well . . . who knows what evil lurks.

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