Posted on behalf of Nick Johnston, Senior Software Engineer, Symantec Hosted Services
This year, people traveling by air have had to contend with disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland, industrial action and tour operators collapsing. But while traveling ourselves, we noticed another threat: airport Internet terminals infected with malware.
Many airports have public Internet terminals for passengers without their own laptops to check email or browse the Web. In a large airport in England, we noticed one terminal with an usual "Defense Center Installer" dialog box. "Defense Center Installer" is a fake anti-virus software, also known as "scareware".
This type of malware claims that a user is infected with a virus, and encourages them to buy the full version of the software to clean the fictitious infection. It's also common for this type of malware to try to uninstall...