Feeds

Smut page ransomware Trojan ransacks browsers

Pay or it'll display

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Russian cybercrooks have come up with a variant of ransomware scams, which works by displaying an invasive advert for online smut in users' browsers that victims are extorted to pay to remove.

The Ransompage Trojan will display a persistent ad inline on every page that a surfer on an infected Windows machine visits. The ad for a pornographic website covers parts of the original webpage, making it even more annoying. Accompanying Russian-language text instructs victims that in order to remove the ad - and gain access to an online smut site in the process - they need to send a premium rate text message.

"The premise is that the victim will become so frustrated or embarrassed by the ad that they will succumb to the pressure and send the SMS text message," security firm Symantec explains.

Symantec - which has a full write-up of the scam, including browser screen-shots - likens the attack to ransomware, types of malware that encrypt local files in an attempt to extort users into purchasing a decryption utility.

The Ransompage Trojan works with multiple browsers, including Internet Explorer, some versions of Firefox and Opera. However the malware is not compatible with the latest version of Firefox, giving an easy escape route.

The Trojan is either dropped onto already compromised systems by other strains of malware, or downloaded from malicious Web sites. A small number of instances of infections have been recorded, Symantec reports, adding that removing the malware is straightforward. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.