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

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.

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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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  • Hold on just one second....

    [i]Unless Elmer Fudd takes over Symantec in a hostile takeover you should never fall for anything that has ?dangerows? in it.[/i]

    Are you telling me that Elmer Fudd HASN'T been in charge of Symantec all this time???? who knew?! ;-)
    MGP2
    • hehehehehe! That Wascally Wabbit has been in charge! (NT)

      :D
      OButterball
    • Elmer Fudd?

      I think <i>that's</i> a spelling error: It's Elmer FUD, a guy who works at Microsoft.
      Henrik Moller
      • RE: Elmer Fudd

        I think you found out the name of the guy that run's Microshaaaft's obfuscation department. Blew one of their trade secrets to hell.
        fatman65535
        • RE: Elmer FUD

          I always thought the M$ obfuscation guy was Foghorn Longhorn?? :)
          DigitalFrog
          • You must be thinking of...

            the much ballyhooed but never appearing operating system: Foghorn Longhorn. ;-)
            MGP2
          • Ignore my last post..

            If I had read more carefully, I wouldn't have trampled your joke. My oops.
            MGP2
          • Wanna try again...?

            The name is Foghorn LEGhorn...
            Wolfie2K3
  • lol

    [i]I???m beginning to think that good spelling can avoid at least 80 percent of malware issues.[/i]

    Indeed

    [i]To get an instant license to rid yourself of this [b]ransomwarel[/b] all you have to do is call a 1-900 number for $35.[/i]
    Badgered
  • Cambridge Spelling Research

    This was circulating on the internet several years ago.

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    Azanmig huh?
    HooNoze
    • re: Cambridge Spelling Research

      While I can easily read the paragraph, I also know that the words are wrong. My eyes flagged the incorrect words before any of them were "corrected".
      R_Connelie@...
    • Problem to a degree.

      But it did slow me down a little so that hypothesis needs a little work. And it is annoying.
      osreinstall
    • chicken and egg problem

      IMHO, you need to first learn the language, i.e. to know how the words are spelled correctly and what they mean to be able to read the scrambled text.

      But it's funny, anyway. Although a non-native speaker, I didn't have any problems reading that.
      xobserver
    • What Spelling errors?

      I kan't find any spelilng errros. (and my lips move when I read too myself two!) >;-)~
      jhimes
    • Lysdexics fo het Rowld Untie!

      Which rimends me, it's time for me to prey to my dog, and remember to vole my leflow nam!
      filker0
  • RE: Ransomware fun: Pay by phone extortion (these guys can't spell either)

    The problem is many people don't read what is on their screen, so don't pick up on the mistakes. Also, some people are such poor spellers they might miss the mistakes.
    adamrouse@...
  • Obviously

    If you're going to hijack and blackmail, you should spell correctly so more people will fall for it.
    nyabdns
  • Hmmm, Ransomware!

    See, this is the reason I don't keep any important stuff on my OS drive and have a complete PC back-up on DVD's.
    I flat our refuse to be a victim to idiots like these. I will not pay $35 for a 1-900 call, nor will I pay what ever they are charging for their international call.
    I will gladly wipe my whole system out and re-load it.
    Luckly, I don't have issues like that. Anytime something tries to get into my computer my AV software catches it. And since I know when it is updated, I won't fall for that kind of madness.
    This is a great con, a great way to rob people, take them for a ride and leave them flat. Because even though one may pay the $35 for a "license" to get rid of it, you know that there is going to be something left behind, probably worse than what you got rid of. And sooner or later they are going to get you again.

    Never pay the price these people want, take the hit, back up important files and re-load.
    gene_fitz@...
  • Indeed

    That spelling is horrible, not to mention the grammar! Indeed if you fall for this you deserve to pay the money, anyone with some kind of common sense should be able to realize that something is up with this fishy alert.

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach