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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

The cybersecurity experts who discovered this ransomware attack spotted a red flag in the email that's being used to spread it. Did you find it? In the photo below, you can see the cybercriminals made some mistakes in their "past due" message.

 

Ransomware past due

The "rand" is part of a code to generate a random amount of cents (between 10 and 99) to add to the fake dollar amount. Apparently, somebody flubbed the coding.

The cybersecurity experts are urging you to make sure your security software is up to date? Is it?

To protect yourself against ransomware attacks, make sure you have a strong anti-virus program installed on your devices. Visit the Komando Security Center often for tips on keeping yourself and your digital devices safe.

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