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Underground Economy of Fake Antivirus Software
Multiple Authors
eBook Edition: 2011

A particular focus of our analysis is on the financial and economic aspects of the scam, which involves legitimate credit card networks as well as more dubious payment processors. In particular, we present an economic model that demonstrates that fake AV companies are actively monitoring the refunds (chargebacks) that customers demand from their credit card providers. When the number of chargebacks increases in a short interval, the fake AV companies react to customer complaints by granting more refunds. This lowers the rate of chargebacks and ensures that a fake AV company can stay in business for a longer period of time. However, this behavior also leads to unusual patterns in chargebacks, which can potentially be leveraged by vigilant payment processors and credit card companies to identify and ban fraudulent firms. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Abstract - Introduction - Technical Background - Data Collection - Following the Money Trail – Victims - Economic Model - Ethical Considerations - Related Work – Conclusions – Acknowledgments - References

eBook License: Copyrighted (Personal Use Only)

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