Numerous users have reported that malicious hackers are using ads displayed through Microsoft’s popular Skype application to spread ransomware. The pop-up ads are posing as links to a critical update for a Flash plug-in. But once opened the download encrypts victims’ files and demands a ransom. “We’re aware of a social engineering technique that could be used to direct some customers to a malicious website,” a Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet. “We continue to encourage customers to exercise caution when opening unsolicited attachments and links from both known and unknown sources and install and regularly update antivirus software.” For more information on what makes victims click, read this FightRansomware.com article.
Gag ransomware forces you to play an anime shooter game
While the typical ransomware attack scenario consists of demanding money in exchange for decrypting files, “Rensenware” takes a different route. This virus, first spotted by the Malware Hunter Team, forces you to play an anime shooter game called Touhou Seirensen and generate a score of 0.2 billion points in Lunatic mode. The creator of Resenware made the virus as a joke and had no intention of infecting people. But since releasing the source code on the internet he has faced some backlash. To try and make up for it, he replaced the gag malware code on GitHub with a tool that lets you bypass the encryption. He also made a heartfelt apology.
Texas pediatric practice hit with ransomware: Backup saves the day
ABCD Pediatrics is one of the latest healthcare providers to report a ransomware attack. But, luckily for them, they had all their data stored separately to a secure backup. An IT service firm identified the malware as Dharma Ransomware, a variant of the older CriSiS virus. ABCD removed the virus and used its backup system to restore data to the compromised computers. The center still remains concerned because it discovered suspicious user logs indicating that a computer program or persons may have entered the server at one point.
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