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Windows 7: CryptoLocker gang teams with botnet-builders on ransomware


25 Nov 2013   #1
A Guy

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CryptoLocker gang teams with botnet-builders on ransomware

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The cyber-gang running the CryptoLocker extortion racket is sharing a big cut of any payments they squeeze out of their victims with criminal botnet owners working closely with them, says Symantec, which has been monitoring this underworld activity online.

The CryptoLocker gang, believed to be mainly Russian-speaking, created the malware that makes use of strong encryption to lock up the victim's electronic files until the victim pays a ransom, which typically starts at least $150 to get the key to unlock their scrambled files. The gang itself is paying criminal botnet owners operating vast command-and-control systems of compromised computers to distribute CryptoLocker as a dangerous attachment in spam, says Liam O'Murchu, manager of security response operations at Symantec.
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26 Nov 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It seems like if people just wouldn't open dumb emails and their attachments most of the spreading would stop.
Why a police department would be opening emails on a official police computer system is beyond my understanding.
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26 Nov 2013   #3
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It seems like if people just wouldn't open dumb emails and their attachments most of the spreading would stop.
It wouldn't... CryLock is also distributed via "watering holes", social networks, links in the phishing emails...

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Why a police department would be opening emails on a official police computer system is beyond my understanding.
Most, if not all, policy departments have their own email servers for official business. Cops aren't necessarily the smartest people when it comes to computers and emails. Nonetheless, your point about about opening attachment probably applies in this case. The chances are that that one or more cops actually checked their "home/cloud" emails and infected the official police computer. That in return encrypted the local and network share files.

The IT guys in the police department on the other hand deserves some kick in the pants for not protecting the official police computers against CryLock. Crypto.Prevent, HitManPro.Alert, and others had been available for awhile by now...
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01 Dec 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I read a while back where NASA and defense contractors employees were allowed to check their personnel email and such using the highly classified network/domain. Why such things were allowed is beyond my understanding.
A classified network/domain should be locked down so such things can't be done. They did mention that such things were going to be stopped.
Stopped; why in the hell was it allowed in the first place.
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