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Catch of the Day:  Kaspersky Vishing

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Kaspersky Vishing Exploit

A client of mine called about a telephone call she made to “Kaspersky” to renew her AV subscription.  She had called because the experience got weird.  She wanted to renew for 2 years at $179, but the sales agent told her she had the wrong kind of protection because she was using a gaming system.  He also rather bizarrely said that here AV had failed and she was full of malware.  Sort of strange to suggest your own product was not working in order to talk her into a more expensive solution that would cost $199 for a single year.

I asked her to send me the toll-free number she had called (evidently from a pop-up ad).  It turns out the number was assigned to an AV reseller called Top AV Protection, and also Perfect Antivirus Hub.  Probably the same organization.

Again, DO NOT trust toll-free numbers provided by voice messages, pop-up ads, or emails of any kind.  And when searching for companies like Kaspersky online, please be aware that the first 4 or 5 results will be paid advertising, like the links in the image below.  The genuine Kaspersky ad goes to, as in the second image

Note that this Ad actually links to the genuine Kaspersky web site.  Do your shopping or renewals at the genuine site only!



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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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