Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

Summary: Researchers from PandaLabs have spotted a Microsoft themed ransomware variant.

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Researchers from PandaLabs have spotted a Microsoft themed ransomware variant. Spreading over email and P2P, the ransomware locks down the infected victim's PC and demands a 100 EURO payment to Microsoft Corporation for unlocking it as Microsoft cannot verify the authenticity of the Windows installation.

Unless the victim pays within 48 hours, the ransomware threatens to send their IP to the district attorney’s office citing piracy violations.

The unlock key for the ransomware currently detected as Ransom.AN is QRT5T5FJQE53BGXT9HHJW53YT

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Dancho Danchev

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Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

    So...does the locking down of the computer prevent you from going to their website to "buy" the so-called license?
    Aerowind
  • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

    Certainly not going to get any any US takers if they can not read it.
    mrlinux
    • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

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  • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

    lol, wouldn't have been able to even understand it if I ever got this on my computer :p

    If I actually do get it someday, always got a full clean system backup available :)
    MrElectrifyer
  • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

    Simple solution. Browse using a virtual machine (Linux or Windows) under Vmware or VirtualBox. If you get the message, just reset to your last stored (safe) snapshot!!!

    It's easy and simple to setup, and you can map a drive to your regular PC to transfer files.
    johnf76@...
  • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

    Why don't you guys call these what they are Windows Malware as they do not effect ALL pc's only windows PC's!
    kpbpsw
    • RE: Microsoft themed ransomware variant spotted in the wild

      @kpbpsw

      Yes!

      Plus if you have the right protection you won't get these right?
      reviewsgirl