Cybercriminals Releases "Windows 9"

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Over the past week, Windows 9 developer preview release rumour has been widely circulated in the internet. The rumour has caught the attention of many news media, tech followers along with opportunistic cybercriminals who have been known for taking advantage of latest trends to scam internet users. Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global pioneer in security software, has found multiple malicious websites offering a free download of the yet to be release Windows 9 and internet users who clicked on the download links would end up downloading various malwares. Trend Micro strongly urges the public to remain vigilant against the influx of cyber threats taking advantage of the Windows 9 rumour as cybercriminals will continue to do so.

Have appended below one of the cases’ modus operandi for your reference.
1. A blog offers what appears to be a free download of ‘Windows 9’.

2. Users who click the ‘Download Now’ button will be redirected to a download page provided by the file-hosting The file being offered as a free download is 5.11 GB in total size.

3. Users who proceed with the download are brought to another page that prompts users to install a video file download manager.

4. The file (VideoPerformanceSetup.exe) is an adware detected as ADW_BRANTALL.GA. Upon further analysis, the 5.11 GB file is instead a reskinned Windows 7 SP1 64-bit bundled with a handful of software utilities, rather than a ‘leaked’ copy of Windows 9.

For further details and images of the Windows 9 social engineering attacks, please click on the Trend Micro TrendLabs blogpost below.


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