Slowly but surely, more and more users are becoming acquainted with the existence of ransomware and when faced with one, they opt not to pay the requested "fine" and instead seek help for disinfecting their computers.
The German Anti-Botnet Advisory Centre is warning (in German) users about a new ransomware / BKA Trojan variant that accuses users of being involved in the reproduction of pornographic material involving minors (click on the screenshot to enlarge it): The message, purportedly coming from the Federal Criminal Police, includes for photos of children along with their name, date of birth and nationality, and claims that these photos have been found on the victims' computer, then asks them to pay a fine to make the charges go away and to unblock the machine.
Ransomware and fake antivirus solutions are well-known threats, but a deadly fraudulent combination of the two has been recently spotted by Total Defense researchers.
It seems that users are starting to recognize ransomware accompanied with fake notifications by copyright enforcement and law enforcement agencies for what it is, and cyber crooks are trying out new approaches.
A new ransomware variant dubbed Kovter has been spotted trying out a brand new approach for convincing targeted users of the legitimacy of its claims.
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