Scareware distributors are targeting smartphone users who search the Web for popular mobile apps, experts from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab warn.
Rogue programs that masquerade as antivirus software have been used to scam computer users for many years. The money generated by such schemes is regularly used to fund other illegal activities.
The high profitability of scareware has pushed some cybercriminal gangs into previously unexploited markets, like those of Mac computers and now smartphones.
According to Kaspersky Lab senior malware analyst Denis Maslennikov, mobile malware creators are using black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO) to poison Google search results for popular mobile apps like Opera Mini with malicious links.