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Cybercriminals Hop On the Google Project Glass Bandwagon

01
Mar
2013

Cybercriminals tend to leverage what’s popular and new. Case in point, the much-anticipated Google Project Glass is being used as a social engineering lure to trick unsuspecting users into scams.

We found that one of the top results for the search term “free Google glasses” is an eye-catching YouTube link with the title [{FREE}] Google Project Glass [[FREE GOOGLE GLASSES]:

Figure 1. Search results for ‘free Google glasses’

The video was copied from the original Google Glass YouTube advertisement. The YouTube video also contains information on how to get the Google Glass for free as seen in the screenshot below:

Figure 2. Youtube video

The text below the video reads:

The future is here!
Google Project Glass is Augmented Reality Glasses
The glasses is not available for public,but it’s possible to get similar glasses for free!
Check it out: (malicious URL removed)

Once users visit the website mentioned above and follow the instructions on how to get the glasses, they will see a page containing three links. Clicking on any of these links will supposedly lead to instructions on how to become a beta tester for Google Project Glass.

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Figure 3. Page indicating instructions on how to get the downloaded file

Clicking on any of these links will just lead users to various survey scams. Some of them even try to subscribe the user to subscribe to various premium services, by entering their phone number and a “confirmation code” (sent by text message to the user’s own phone) into a website.

Currently, there’s no way for users to get Google Glass. Preorders were only accepted at Google I/O 2012 more than eight months ago, and a campaign asking for ways to use Glass creatively just ended. We advise users to avoid clicking on unfamiliar links, particularly those that offer too-good-to-be-true deals. (Considering the pre-order cost $1,500, this would count as too-good-to-be-true.). Users should likewise be cautious of schemes that may abuse the #IfIhadGlass campaign.

We block all the sites involved in these scam in order to protect users.

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