The Department of Justice has charged six Estonians and one Russian in a massive cybercrime ring that hijacked four million computers in a boring but lucrative "click-jacking" scheme.
"Click jacking" is when a crook secretly directs your web browser to a page they control, for malicious purposes. In this case, the Eastern Europeans infected 4 million computers with malware that allowed them to change users' destination on the web to advertisers they had contracted with. Victims included computers at NASA and in over 100 countries, according to the LA Times. They earned as much as $14 million.
There's a helpful guide to checking if your computer has been "click-jacked." But why not live on the edge and just leave the malware on there? It's like you're working on a crime scene ever day!
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