Earlier this year, Google announced that it, along with a number of other companies, was the target of a cyber attack. Since that time, law enforcement and private companies have been working to unravel more details about the attack.
Last month, the attack was partially traced to two schools in China and researchers believe they may have found the code developer who wrote the code used in the attacks. Researchers have now found another new lead in the investigation of the attack.
Researchers working at Damballa, which released a report on the attacks, say that the attackers utilized two fake anti-virus programs in an effort to install the malware on victims’ computers. The two fake programs, Fake AV/Login Software 2009 and Fake Microsoft Antispyware Services, utilize common scareware tactics which claim a computer is infected and that the fake program should be downloaded immediately to clean the machine of infection.