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‘Windows Anti Hacking Department’ Pop-Ups

Posted: December 22, 2015

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 70
First Seen: December 22, 2015
Last Seen: February 18, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups are fake safety warnings that hackers use for gaining remote access to your PC. Following the security advice provided in these attacks may harm your computer by giving con artists the ability to modify its settings, collect your information or install threatening software. Although your browser should include security features capable of minimizing attacks like the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups, malware experts also recommend scanning your PC with anti-malware products after this attack.

How to Get Your PC Hacked by Anti-Hackers

The 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups, as a hoax campaign, have been occurring throughout the latter half of 2015, and may be associated with fake hotlines such as the '866-998-0517' and '971-217-9514' numbers. While malware experts see few operational differences between the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups and similar attacks, these pop-ups are just as effective at providing a platform for con artists to collect your information or cause other damages. The 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups target Windows users explicitly by using content formatted to fake the appearance of a Windows Security Essentials Alert window.

The 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups use browser scripts to generate an additional pop-up window superimposed on your current browser window. Some PC users may be unable to close this window or switch to other programs without using a keyboard shortcut. Meanwhile, the content of the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups may indicate that your PC is infected with spyware, suffers from network-related vulnerabilities or is using pirated software. Regardless of whether these claims are true, the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups aren't designed for detecting the above threats and aren't affiliated with Microsoft.

Some of the issues you may suffer from following the recommendations of the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups may include:

  • Being asked to give a fraudulent repair technician the ability to access your PC remotely, giving him the equivalent of a backdoor without needing a backdoor Trojan.
  • Being asked to purchase software to repair your PC, protect it from threat attacks or register an old program's installation. Con artists may use these hoaxes for collecting information or money, or as excuses for installing threats.

Although malware experts have seen some evidence of the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups circulating over several months, these attacks have no firm associations with any brand of browser.

The Only 'Anti Hacking' Solution Windows Needs

Besides the browser-based attacks of this campaign, the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups also have been linked to phone-based tactics occurring independently. These incidents could be indications of con artists working with databases of collected data acquired from through earlier attacks. Alternately, spyware already may have collected the relevant information and, potentially, even loaded the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups after the fact.

The 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups aren't legitimate Windows warnings and can't provide any form of security for your PC. Treat these attacks as being equal to incidental contact with a threatening website through which you can mitigate harm by using secure Web-browsing standards (such as turning off scripts). Although you should scan your PC with an anti-malware tool after similar attacks, removing the 'Windows Anti Hacking Department' pop-ups that reoccur may call for other steps. Malware researchers especially advise resetting your browser's cache, including your history of previously-visited sites and any cookies.