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New ransomware strain forces hapless users into becoming Bitcoin miners

Scammers are punting a strain of ransomware that puts compromised PCs to work mining Bitcoins after blocking all other activity on infected Windows computers. A new variant of the Reveton ransomware, spotted by researchers at Malwarebytes, locks a user out of their computer before running a Bitcoin miner. This means the …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013
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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, 09 May 2014
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Child abuse ransomware tweaked to tout bogus antivirus saviours

Cybercrooks have found another application for ransomware, the horrible software that locks up a PC until money is handed over: it's now being used to push fake antivirus onto victims. Reveton - a widespread piece of ransomware that infects machines, falsely accuses marks of downloading images of child abuse and demands a fine …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
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Silverlight finally becomes popular ... with crims

Silverlight has become a choice target for VXers who are foisting nasty exploit kits (EKs) on users through hacked advertising networks. Attacks targeting Silverlight have spiked since 23 April as attackers look for web platforms to target now that Java and Flash have cleaned up their acts a bit. Cisco lead threat researcher …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2014

Pr0n-optimised Icepol Trojan's servers seized by Romanian cops

Romanian police have seized servers associated with the Icepol ransomware scam, effectively taking down the pervasive threat for now. The Icepol Trojan extorted victims who downloaded it by sending prospective marks a fake message from local police accusing them of downloading copyrighted material or illegal pornography. The …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2014
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Spanish cops cuff 11 for €1m-a-year ransomware scam

Spanish police have arrested 11 individuals suspected of running a €1m a year ransomware scam using malware that posed as a message from law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies in Spain first became interested in the Reveton malware after hundreds of complaints from victims of the scam starting flooding in at the beginning of …
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2013
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MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us

British spook hive MI5 has taken the unusual step of placing a front-page warning on its website about a financial scam carried out by people pretending to be spies or the agency's director general. The online alert was prominently posted on mi5.gov.uk, and occupies more space than the UK security threat level indicator, which …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2013
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Fake cop Trojan 'detects offensive materials' on PCs, demands money

Security firms are warning about a rash of police-themed ransomware attacks. The Reveton Trojan warns victims that illegal content has supposedly been detected on infected machines, displaying a message supposedly from local police agencies demanding payment to unlock machines. To unlock an infected machine, marks are invited …
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2012
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German ransomware threatens with sick kiddie smut

Security technicians at Sophos are poring over a new piece of ransomware that uses images of purported child sexual abuse to extort money from internet users, a discovery that has prompted an alert from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The malware activates when a user is online, and opens a browser-locking screen that …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2013
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Regulator sniffs mobile services bods: 'Something's off. Hand me the probe'

UK premium rate regulator PhonepayPlus has launched an investigation into five mobile phone subscription services after it said that evidence had emerged that each had been marketed though ransomware-style browser lock-in tactics. Bafona Ltd’s Zovut subscription service, which costs £4.50 per week, is billed as a chance to …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2013
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Suspected fake internet cop trio collared by real cops

UK cops have arrested three people in Staffordshire on suspicion of running a ransomware scam that fooled victims into paying £100 fines. A 34-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent were cuffed on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and possession of items for use in fraud. A 26-year-old man …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2012
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Moscow cops cuff suspect in Blackhole crimeware bust

The infamous Blackhole Exploit Kit has gone dark following the reported arrest in Russia of a suspect whom police believe is linked to the malware. Blackhole has been the preferred tool for running drive-by download attacks and therefore a menace to internet hygiene for the last three years. A suspect linked to Blackhole was …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2013

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

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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After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

Presagers of doom in the IT industry have sometimes got it horribly wrong. One need only look back 14 years to the millennium bug, which was supposed to bring down the world’s critical systems. The year 2000 came and went with no digital cataclysm in sight. Even the smartest people make grand claims about imminent threats. …
Tom Brewster, 27 May 2014
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Not Cool, man: Potent new hacking toolkit costs crooks $10k a month

The brains behind the Blackhole Exploit Kit is using profits from the hacking toolbox to buy up security exploits and create a far more formidable product. The ubiquitous Blackhole kit is usually installed on compromised websites and uses vulnerabilities in web browsers and other software to inject malware into visitors' PCs. …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2013