Fake Sophos sponsored advert on Flickr

Graham Cluley

Christoph Hardy, a keen photographer and a colleague of mine from Sophos’s offices in Germany, noticed something strange when uploading some pictures on Flickr yesterday.

As he searched for Sophos pictures on Flickr, he noticed on the right hand side a sponsored advert (supplied by Overture, part of Yahoo’s advertising empire) claiming to be for Sophos Anti-Virus.

Hmm.. that domain it’s linking to looks a bit suspicious doesn’t it? Fortunately the domains it links to (via Overture) are already blocked by Sophos products, so customers who are using our web appliance should be protected from whatever nasty might be lurking there.

At the moment the program at the end of the link is AdwareAlert2009, not Sophos Anti-Virus. Seeing as it’s a pretty underhand tactic to advertise Sophos when it’s not Sophos, don’t be surprised if what you…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.