Ransomware detected by Microsoft

Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center has reported a malware that disguises itself as messages from police forces. The Trojan:Win32/Ransom.FL is a ransomware that targets people in several countries. It displays a window that covers the entire desktop of the infected computer and demands payment for the supposed possession of illicit material. These perpetrators demand users to pay fines for using illegal material and for
instance, the Trojan:Win32/Ransom.DU is a German variant that creates a window that covers the entire desktop of the infected computer, implying that the computer has been involved in illegal activities on the Internet. The created window masquerades as a warning that comes from the German Federal Police.

It is known that users’ machines get infected via drive-by-downloads exploits and keeping your software up to date should reduce the likelihood of infection as no zero-day exploits are involved! Obviously, there’s no need to remind you that in the event your machine gets infected don’t even consider paying. It is also reported that users who paid the ransom did not get their computer fixed!

Read more here:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Trojan:Win32/Ransom.FL

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