Symantec warned of new Extortion Trojan

Posted: December 27, 2012 in IT Security News, Security Notices
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Symantec CorpAnti-virus company Symantec warned about finding a new wave of programs for extortion, blackmail people and trying to extort money from them.

According to Symantec, the program blackmailer require a user to transfer money, otherwise threatened by removing all data from your computer.

In Symantec says the threat of the program are in fact fictitious and malicious code does not erase, but simply trying to cash in on the naive user. “This is another attempt to take advantage of human weakness cyberhawks in an unusual situation,” – wrote in a blog Symantec antivirus expert Jeet Morparia.

According to him, the program-extortionists – are one of the oldest classes of malicious programs on the market today. According to Symantec, the first examples of programs blackmailer appeared about seven years ago and since then, they periodically come up on the horizon, always finding their victims, who are willing to pay the criminals so that they did not remove the data from the user’s computer.

The new representative of the family – is an extortionist Trojan.Ransomlock.G (according to the classification of other companies – Reveton). The authors of the new Trojan played quite rudely in contact with the PC code immediately declares that the computer is locked and any user on the PC, but to transfer the money to the details attackers to cause immediate destruction of all data. “An attempt to unblock the computer will completely format the operating system. All files, videos, photos, documents and other files will be removed,” – said on the welcome screen of the program.

In Symantec said that this is not true, and the code can not delete data. “We have analyzed the code Ransomlock, but we found it to instructions to destroy the data,” – says Morparia.


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