So called ‘Ransom’ attacks on systems have been with us for a while now. These attacks occur when an individual opens email to which is attached malware that locks up the computer and offers to unlock it if you pay a ransom for the remedy. According to CyberheistNews, several new twists have been added to this nefarious ransom scam.
First of all, when the ransomware is downloaded to your machine it now can include child pornography that loads into your machine before it locks up. Naturally this can cause anyone to immediately panic when they read that message and encourage payment of the ransom. Another variation they are using is a form of ‘spear-phishing’. In this case a search is made for online employment ads by those with malicious intent. Malware/ransomware is then attached to the job application which in many cases goes directly to upper level managers in the organization.
While these are new variants, the defense is the same- be extremely careful of the emails that you receive and strengthen your defenses with filtering, access and upload restrictions, and of course training to combat social engineering.
CyberheistNews Vol 4, 20v