Scammers can trick Microsoft Edge into displaying fake security warnings

Dec - 12 2016 | By

Hopefully, by now, many readers will be aware of the scam messages that can pop up on your computer screen telling you that your computer may be at risk, and to call a special number for “technical support”.

Of course, the scam warnings are not legitimate and the person you are calling is not a real Microsoft support engineer. And yet, many computer users have been fooled into making contact, and ended up either with an expensive and unnecessary bill or granting hackers access to their PC.

The scams are more successful for the fraudsters the more convincing that their warning appears.

Now a security researcher has discovered a way that scammers can subvert a mechanism in the Microsoft Edge browser that was built with the intention of protecting users from dangerous websites – to actually help a scam be committed. . .

 

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