Ransomware fun: Pay by phone extortion (these guys can't spell either)

Summary:A Trojan is delivering an unpleasant surprise: Ransomware that takes over your desktop unless you fork over $35.The trojan--Backdoor.

A Trojan is delivering an unpleasant surprise: Ransomware that takes over your desktop unless you fork over $35.

The trojan--Backdoor.Win32.Delf.ctk--was highlighted Dec. 31 by Sunbelt Software with a screenshot walkthrough. First you get a warning--of course it's spelled wrong since hackers don't use spell check.

The message:

ERROR: Browser Security and Antiadware Software component license exprited!

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Also note that this screen says the adware etc. is "dangerows."

Note: If your spelling is so bad you fall for this ransomware you should have to pay $35. Unless Elmer Fudd (image courtesy of Warner Bros) takes over Symantec in a hostile takeover you should never fall for anything that has "dangerows" in it.

To get an instant license to rid yourself of this ransomwarel all you have to do is call a 1-900 number for $35. And if that number doesn't fly you dial two international numbers.

Sunbelt has all the screens. I'm beginning to think that good spelling can avoid at least 80 percent of malware issues.

Topics: Mobility, Malware, Security

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