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This nasty ransomware hides in fake invoice emails

This nasty ransomware hides in fake invoice emails
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There is a major ransomware attack underway that you need to know about. Ransomware is when hackers take over your computer, and demand money in return for giving you access to your own device.

We've told you about scary ransomware attacks where people were blackmailed, including one where victims' computers were loaded with child pornography. This attack is spreading around the world fast.

It's a convincing-looking past-due notice. It says, "Your account has a debt and is past due." That might make you angry enough to open up the email's contents. Inside is a .zip file, supposedly containing your account details. (See photo below.)

The email is spreading a Nemucod Trojan. You'll see a .zip file; there's a malicious JavaScript file inside it. If you open that up, the cybercriminal's TeslaCrypt ransomware will take over your computer.

If you receive an email like this, never open a link from anyone you don't know. But, also take a moment to carefully read through the email. Like the one below: Can you find a red flag that'll let you know it's not legitimate?

Past due ransomware

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