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German ransomware

Oh aye, a mobe grumble-flick player? No – it's a 'droid ransomware nasty

Ransomware scumbags have widened their net with a new software nasty that infects Android smartphones and tablets. The Koler-A ransomware trojan is delivered automatically to peeps browsing malicious pornographic sites; it poses as a media player offering access to premium content. Koler-A requires the user to enable side- …
John Leyden, 9 May 2014
bug on keyboard

Cyber hostage-takers SCAMMED six times as many people last year

Malware-powered frauds that lock up victims' computers - or worse yet, encrypt files and force them to pay a fee to unlock their information - increased by 500 per cent during 2013, according to a study by Symantec. Symantec's latest global Internet Security Threat Report also revealed that targeted attack campaigns for the …
John Leyden, 9 Apr 2014

Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

Around two in five people who fall victim to CryptoLocker have agreed to pay a ransom of around £300 to recover their files, according to a survey of victims. Researchers from the University of Kent quizzed a total of 48 people who had been affected by CryptoLocker. Of the sample, 17 said they paid the ransom and 31 said they …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014
Prison window

Prison Locker: A load of überhyped malware FUD over... internet chatter

An underground advert seeking help in developing a file-encrypting ransomware kit that might be sold for just $100 a go sparked something of a panic on the interwebs this week. But security watchers are yet to see any samples of the so-called Prison Locker ransomware, leading at least two security firms to characterise the …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014

CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

Miscreants have brewed up a variant of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware that uses worm-like features to spread across removable drives. The recently discovered CRILOCK-A variant can spread more easily than previous forms of CryptoLocker. The latest nasty is also notable because it comes under previously unseen guises - …
John Leyden, 2 Jan 2014

Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it

CryptoLocker, the Bitcoin-hungry ransomware menace that has become 2013’s most infamous malware, was likely created by a single hacker crew in Russia or former Eastern bloc states and is heavily targeting US and UK systems, researchers have exclusively revealed to The Register. Dell SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Unit (CTU) set …
Thomas Brewster, 16 Dec 2013

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

An attempt by security researchers to take down command and control nodes associated with the infamous CryptoLocker malware appears to have been unsuccessful in its ultimate aim of putting the Bitcoin-hungry crooks behind the scam out of business. Activists from the group Malware Must Die put together a list of scores of …
John Leyden, 6 Dec 2013
Pledging fealty

We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

The soaring price of BitCoin has prompted the cybercrooks behind the infamous CryptoLocker malware to reduce the levy they impose on victims from 2 BTC to 0.5 BTC. The reduced price scam was spotted in variants of the malware, which encrypts personal files on infected Windows PCs, spotted earlier this week by security firm F- …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2013

Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

Massachusetts cops have admitted paying a ransom to get their data back on an official police computer infected with the devilish Cryptolocker ransomware. Cryptolocker is a rather unpleasant strain of malware, first spotted in August, that encrypts documents on the infiltrated Windows PC and will throw away the decryption key …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

The infamous Cryptolocker malware, which encrypts your computer files and demands a payment of £534 ($860) to unlock them, may have been sent to "tens of millions" of Brits, Blighty's crime-busters warned today. According to an alert from the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), a fresh round of ransomware-loaded spam posing as …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013

Stale Blackhole leads to dried-up spam, claim badhat-probers

Security researchers at Trend Micro reckon that Blackhole, cybercrooks' preferred tool for running drive-by download attacks from compromised websites, is no longer being updated. This means the utility - which was available for rent at around $50 a day - has quickly gone stale. Nature abhors a vacuum, though, and malware- …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2013

Late with your ransom payment? Never mind, CryptoLocker crooks will, er, give you a break

Crybercrooks behind the infamous file-encrypting CryptoLocker ransomware have begun offering a late payment option, which costs victim five times as much to "buy" the decryption key necessary to unscramble their encrypted files. Previously, victims who failed to pay a $300+ ransom (up to 2 Bitcoins, $460) within three days …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2013

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

Vid A fiendishly nasty strain of Windows malware that uses advanced encryption to lock up user files before demanding a ransom is doing the rounds. CryptoLocker, which first surfaced early last month, leaves users in danger of losing important files forever unless they pay up. Typically the crooks relieve them of around $300 (£185 …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2013

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