Ransomware Goes SpearPhishing

Ransomware gangs are now using spear phishing techniques to deliver CryptoLocker like malware. White list based security solutions (like PC Matic) appear to be the best hope for safety–PC Pitstop

Ransomware Goes SpearPhishing

By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training

You may be familiar with a site called Spiceworks. They have free system admin and network management software, and their business model is advertising to the hundreds of thousands that use the software. Their forums are a great indicator of what happens in the trenches of defending against malware. One thread that is incredibly popular has the title: “We fought a cryptovirus (and the virus won).”

The discussion goes on for many pages and indicates the level worry about this new wave of ransomware. Another indicator is Google Trends, which is currently at “100” which represents the peak search interest for the term CryptoLocker, and indicates that the level of infections out there is going up.

It looks like the CryptoLocker gang is ratcheting up their attack level, probably as a response to competition from the CryptoBit and CryptoDefense gangs. The latest infections are caused by emails sent to companies that have job postings at Craigs List. The bad guys look for job postings, and send resumes carrying the Cryptolocker malware as a payload.

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3 thoughts on “Ransomware Goes SpearPhishing

  1. To you technos this may appear stupid – I probably am. What if, at the point of entry to my computer, the incoming data were to be printed upon a screen. Then an OCR camera capable of reading only alpha numeric takes in that data. As now, the week link is the fact that all the bad stuff hitches a ride hidden amongst seemingly OK data. Do I go and hide?

  2. was going to try it but i'll be darned if I'm going to type in a 20 letter license rather than copy and pastre

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