Getting denounced for viewing or owning child pornography is a huge deal in most Western world countries, so it's no wonder that ransomware peddlers are using that specific - and in this case true - accusation to force victims to part with their hard-earned cash.
So far, ransomware has mostly been spotted targeting US, Canadian, Australian and European users, but its not limited to hitting citizens of these traditionally prosperous countries and continents.
McAfee found that Android-based malware achieved a 35 percent growth rate not seen since early 2012.
Last week we saw that a ransomware scheme does not need to involve actual malware, as clever cyber crooks leveraged browsers' "restore from crash" feature to make inexperienced users believe they cannot escape the ransomware page (click on the screenshot to enlarge it): The users would land one of the pages sporting the alarming notice while searching for popular keywords.
A breach of the Opera Software internal infrastructure has resulted in the theft of an expired Opera code signing certificate and used it to sign a piece of malware, package it and push it out as an update for the Opera browser.
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