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Windows 7: Ransomware scammers push panic button with bogus claims


27 Dec 2012   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Ransomware scammers push panic button with bogus claims

I know a couple people that gave into this demand for cash because they were worried about their files & panicked. The first thing I tell them is, "Don't panic", usually followed up by "You need to back up your files regularly because you never know."

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Cyber extortionists shilling “ransomware” have upped the ante by pushing users’ panic buttons with claims that their malware will wipe hard drives, a security firm said Monday.

The claim is bogus, said Symantec, and is simply a ploy by scammers preying on people’s fears.
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The new ransomware variant, which Symantec identified as “Trojan.Ransomlock.G” but is called “Reveton” by other antivirus vendors, claims that any move to circumvent the lockdown will trigger disaster.
“An attempt to unlock the computer by yourself will lead to the full formatting of the operating system. All the files, videos, photos, documents on your computer will be deleted,” the on-screen message reads.

Not true, said Morparia, who added that Symantec’s analysis found no disk wiping capability in the malware’s code. More importantly, Symantec was able to remove Ransomlock.G and unlock the machine without any formatting taking place or files deleted.

The new version also featured other changes, Morparia said, including a $100 price hike, from $200 to $300, to “unlock” the PC, and a fake deadline of 48 hours shown by an on-screen countdown timer.
Ransomware scammers push panic button with bogus claims | PCWorld


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27 Dec 2012   #2

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Does anyone know if people have actually paid the ransom and been given the control of their system back?
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28 Dec 2012   #3

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Yes, in some instances, people have gotten the codes to free their PC's.

One of the most successful scams earlier this year involved charging a smaller fee to release your PC. The amount demanded came to about $25 (US). Since the amount wasn't an outragious charge ($100 - $500), a lot of people just coughed up the money & according to people that did pay, most of them got the code within 24 hrs.

But I'm guessing in most instances, once they have your money, they don't care about you anymore & you're on your own. Another reason to never give in to ransomware & always back up your files.
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28 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit / Service pack 1
 
 

An attempt to unlock the computer by yourself will lead to the full formatting of the operating system. All the files, videos, photos, documents on your computer will be deleted, the on-screen message reads.

As Borg 386 quite rightly states, back-up your files especially those photos videos and documents. If you have these back-ups then It would be cheaper to trash the hard drive and by a new one then give into these scum "demanding money with menaces"
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29 Dec 2012   #5

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I guess they would ask for your bank details or other personal details as well, so they are able to withdraw more money from your account afterwards, unless you get your account closed and bank card canceled.
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29 Dec 2012   #6

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Wouldn't restoring a system image just wipe out the threat?
If it were me, I would respond to them with a simple "Have fun with that."

Then boot via rescue disc, clean the HD then restore a previous system image from external HD.
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29 Dec 2012   #7

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Wouldn't restoring a system image just wipe out the threat?
If it were me, I would respond to them with a simple "Have fun with that."

Then boot via rescue disc, clean the HD then restore a previous system image from external HD.
Yepperz, the problem is most people don't make system images. This is something I've started recommending to everyone who's PC I fix. A system image can be invaluable when something like that hits.
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29 Dec 2012   #8

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I need to make a System Image, but haven't got anything to store it on, since I lost my 8GB USB stick, now only have around 250MB stick, might ask how large my Dad's USB is?
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