|02 Apr 2013||#1|
| || |
Ransomware boosts credibility by reading victims' browsers
The authors of police-themed ransomware have started using the browsing histories from infected computers in order to make their scams more believable, according to an independent malware researcher.
Ransomware is a class of malicious applications designed to extort money from users by disabling important system functionality or by encrypting their personal files. A particular variation of this type of threat displays messages masquerading as notifications from law enforcement agencies.
The language of the messages and the agency names used in them change depending on the location of the victims, but in almost all cases the victims are told that their computers have been locked because they accessed or downloaded illegal content. In order to regain access to their computers, users are asked to pay a fine.
|My System Specs|
|Similar help and support threads for2: Ransomware boosts credibility by reading victims' browsers|
|Intel(R) Turbo Boosts Technology Monitor 2.0||Performance & Maintenance|
|'Ransomware' tricks victims into paying hefty fines||Security News|
|Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images||Security News|
|Trojan Tricks Victims Into Transfering Funds||Security News|
|Gaming off of an External HDD boosts performance?||Gaming|
|Download Pre-SP1 Windows 7 Performance and Compatibility Boosts||News|
|Koobface Gang Begins Tracking Its Victims||News|
|Our Sites ||Site Links ||About Us ||Find Us |
Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:28 AM.