Posts Tagged: ransomware


Rogue antivirus that takes webcam pictures of you

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Recently we heard of a rogue fake antivirus that takes screenshots and webcam images in an attempt to further scare you into succumbing to it’s scam. We gathered a sample and sure enough, given some time it will indeed use the webcam and take a picture of what’s in front of the camera at that time. This variant is called “Antivirus Security Pro” and it’s as nasty as you can get. The rogue locks down any of the Advanced Boot Options: Safe Mode, Safe mode with Networking, Safe mode with Command prompt, directory services restore mode, ect. As soon as […]

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ThreatVlog Episode 6: FBI Ransomware forcing child porn on infected computers

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In this episode of the ThreatVlog, Marcus Moreno discusses a new, very malicious form of FBI Ransomware that forces the users of infected machines to look at illegal imagery, taking the scare tactics to the next level. He also discusses a new Javascript hack that takes over your browser temporarily, attempting to get people to pay for it to be unlocked.

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New Rogue “Antivirus System” locks you out of safe mode

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By Tyler Moffitt Recently we’ve seen a new fake security product running around that has made improvements to the standard rogue. Typical rogues are annoying, but relatively easy to take care of. Previously, all you had to do was boot into safe mode with networking and remove the files and registry entries (or install Webroot). Support forums everywhere use safe mode with networking as the “go to” mode for virus removal as non-core components are not loaded at start up and it’s easier to isolate problems. In the vast majority of the rogues we see, they are not loaded in […]

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Novel ransomware tactic locks users’ PCs, demands that they participate in a survey to get the unlock code

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By Dancho Danchev From managed ransomware as a service ‘solutions‘ to DIY ransomware generating tools, this malicious market segment is as hot as ever with cybercriminals continuing to push new variants, and sometimes, literally introducing novel approaches to monetize locked PCs. In this case, by forcing their users to complete a survey before they receive the unlock code. More details:

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Managed ‘Russian ransomware’ as a service spotted in the wild

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By Dancho Danchev In 2013, you no longer need to posses sophisticated programming skills to manage a ransomware botnet, potentially tricking tens of thousands of gullible users, per day, into initiating a micro-payment to pay the ransom for having their PC locked down. You’ve got managed ransomware services doing it for you. In this post I’ll profile a recently spotted underground market proposition detailing the success story of a ransomware botnet master that’s been in business for over 4 years, claiming to be earning over five hundred thousands rubles per month. More details:

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Novice cybercriminals experiment with DIY ransomware tools

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For years, the DIY (do-it-yourself) trend has been evident across the entire cybercrime ecosystem. From the early exploits generating DIY tools that set the foundations for the upcoming “malicious economies of scale” trend to emerge, to the ongoing leaks of DIY botnet and malware generating tools that were once only available to advanced attackers, it’s never been easier to enter the world of cybercrime. In this post, I’ll profile a novice cybercriminal’s approach to entering the profitable world of ransomware. More details:

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Managed Ransomware-as-a-Service spotted in the wild

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Over the past several quarters, we’ve witnessed the rise of the so called Police Ransomware also known as Reveton. From fully working host lock down tactics, to localization in multiple languages and impersonation of multiple international law enforcement agencies, its authors proved that they have the means and the motivation to continue developing the practice, while earning tens of thousands of fraudulently obtained funds. What’s driving the growth of Police Ransomware? What’s the current state of this market segment? Just how easy is it to start distributing Police Ransomware and earn fraudulently obtained funds in between? In this post, I’ll […]

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Removing Popureb Doesn’t Require a Windows Reinstall

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By Marco Giuliani Last Wednesday, Microsoft published a blog post detailing a significant update to a piece of malware named Popureb. The malware adds code to the Master Boot Record, or MBR, a region of the hard disk that’s read by the PC during bootup, long before the operating system has had a chance to get started. Researchers sometimes refer to these kinds of malware as bootkits, or a rootkit which loads at such a low level during the boot process that it is invisible to the operating system, and therefore very difficult to remove. Microsoft researcher Chun Feng detailed […]

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Ransomware App Asks Victims to Pay a Phone Bill

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Ransomware is nothing new, but a Ukrainian ransomware Trojan that came over the transom last week demonstrated that the concept of “payment” can extend to services other than banking or finance. In this case, the Trojan (which we and several other AV companies call Trojan-Ransom-Krotten) thoroughly locks down the infected system then demands payment—in the form of credit paid to the Ukrainian mobile phone provider Kyivstar, which the victim then has to transfer to the malware distributor’s account. Yes, Alice, the hacker wants you to pay his cellphone bill. Once the ransomware has taken hold on a victim’s computer, it […]

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