Posted October 6, 2005 9:52 am by with 0 comments

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eWeek brings disturbing news of a new phishing effort posing as a Google toolbar download.

The latest cases involve bogus Google software spread via IM, and appear to be a variety of the infamous CoolWebSearch phishing scheme, according to Foster City-Calif.-based FaceTime Security Labs. CoolWebSearch has never been spread via IM before.

And what happens when you download the fake toolbar?

The only working feature on the fake Google Toolbar saves credit card details, according to Christopher Boyd, the security research manager of Foster City, Calif.-based FaceTime Security Labs. A bevy of others, including one to “enable pornographic ads,” do not work.

The toolbar is being spread by instant messenger, so keep an eye open for them.