Fake Ransomware attack claims hit email boxes in the West

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Online users in Western Countries, especially in US and UK, have become soft targets for a new type of ransomware attack campaign. Security researchers from Sophos Labs say that the inboxes of email users are now being targeted with scary messages that say that a nasty ransomware infection is going to infect their computers if they don’t pay 0.1 Bitcoin or $650 as a ransom.

All these days we have seen cyber crooks infecting computers with malware and demanding a ransom to decrypt the database.

But now, people are getting messages that if they don’t pay a ransom in advance, their computer will be locked down from further access. The message further claims that the malware has already been pushed to the would-be victim’s computer and might erupt at any moment. And once the payment deadline passes off their files will be encrypted and lost forever.

Hackers spreading this message are also claiming to spread the infection to the devices connecting to the network to which the victim computer is attached.

In order to give the message a serious tone, hackers spreading the fake ransomware messages are mentioning in the note that the current ransomware is more serious than the WannaCry and cannot be detected by any leading anti-virus solutions.

So, there isn’t much choice for the email recipient rather than to pay the said amount of crypto to the hackers.

Now the big question arises—is the victim computer really infected with ransomware?

Well, security researchers aren’t sure that the ransomware attack exists in reality. But they do not rule out the possibility of such malware attack.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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