Bogus Playstation emulators pack Trojan payload
'Will be around for a long time'
Retro gaming fans are being targeted in a new con designed to infect computers with a Trojan linked to scareware scams.
Downloads posing as Playstation 2 emulators that allow games designed for Sony's console to be played on PCs instead deliver only a Trojan. Emulators offered via Appzkeygen(dot)com, for example, come packing the CodecPack-2GCash-Gen Trojan, Chris Boyd of Sunbelt software warns.
So, apart from the dubious legality of emulators, gamers who search for the software packages risk being exposed to all manner of unpleasant scams.
"In some cases, people have reported this particular attack resulting in rogue antivirus appearing on the compromised system – however, during testing nothing was downloaded onto the PC," Boyd explains. "This doesn’t mean it won’t happen, of course – and you’ll still have the downloader onboard.
"Trojan-Downloader.Win32.CodecPack.2GCash.Gen has been used in everything from fake codec scams to rogue AV hijacks in previous months, and is probably going to stick around for quite some time," he added. ®
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Next you'll be telling me prostitutes have STDs!
well i have nothing to moan about considering i still have...
yes i know the ps2 can play ps1 games but i cant bring myself to get shut of it
Say what now?
prostitutes have STDs? aw crap
Why would you need to go to the equivalent of a back street dark scummy ally of a website to get emulators? there are lots of good reputable ones out there.
Like http://www.ngemu.com for one.
Everything that isn't current gen would be retro. Nevermind some games are still showing up on PS2, god only knows why.
Pirate, because they know to go to the homepage to get their emus.