Experts: beware of the browser-based ransomware!

fbi-department-of-defense-virusMonth by month, scammers update their ransomware viruses and use more and more advanced ways for attacking people’s computers. After locking them down, these viruses try to convince their victims that they violated tens of different laws and now have to pay a fine. Of course, paying the money means the only thing – the loss of the money.

Typically, the distribution of ransomware viruses relies on trojan horse, which is used to infect computer and download malicious files that belong to specific ransomware version. However, it seems that soon scammers won’t need these viruses in order to start showing their misleading ads on people’s computers. That’s because, according to experts, they have started promoting the browser-based ransomware, which can affect not only those computers that run Windows OS, but the ones that have Apple’s Mac OS X running on them.

In most of the cases, this browser-based ransomware relies on such domain names as http://fbi(dot)gov(dot)id[random numbers](dot)com and similar. Of course, you only need to remember that the official FBI’s website is www(dot)fbi(gov) and you will know that you are dealing with FBI virus. However, several security experts have recently revealed a new fact about this kind of ranomsware – they claim that they noticed that scammers try to mask these algorithmically generated domain names with the help of the CloudFlare service. Those who don’t know what this free service does should remember that it allows to hide the actual IP address.

According to the latest news, CloudFlare has marked this website as ‘Suspected phishing site’. However, we highly recommend being very careful when browsing on the Internet.

Source: blog.malwarebytes.org



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