Spora ransomware disguises under fake Chrome Font Pack update
It is no surprise that cyber racketeers manifest their creativity by exploiting various Windows and Mac features, services, networks and browsers for their misdeeds. Now the time has come for Chrome. IT expert, Brad Duncan, has detected that Spora ransomware, which is gaining notorious popularity in the cyber field, tries to infiltrate users‘ devices via counterfeited Chrome Font Pack update. The entire technique is as sophisticated as the very Spora threat. Chrome browser is one of the most popular browsers used worldwide which suggests that the authors of this elaborate crypto-malware aim high. Due to the range of the cyber campaign, the very threat resembles Locky virus. Thus, the main dilemma arises: is it possible to escape this cyber misfortune?
Luckily, even if you happen to visit such compromised website, you can manually cancel these messages and thus avoid the attack. Interestingly, that Spora ransomware, which, in fact, might be the same Cerber ransomware under disguise, uses the same EITest technique as CryptoShield 1.0 virus – the latest version of CryptoMix. There are many speculations whether the creators of Locky and Cerber have joined forces or the same gang is behind these attacks. Legitimate websites are becoming a more prevalent hackers’ tool. Last year the website of a popular Chinese restaurant served ransomware instead of explicit menu. These events remind us that personal vigilance plays an important role in ensuring cyber security. Even if you have several top-rated security applications, you might experience the destructive outcomes of the ransomware simply by carelessly enabling suspicious browser extensions or opening corrupted spam email attachments.
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