Two New Threats – Ransomware and Phishing

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NSA Prism Ransomware

Yesterday SC Magazine reported that ransomware is now attempting to extort money by saying that the NSA’s Prism surveillance program detected child pornography on the user’s computer and demands $100 to make the offence go away.

This is simply an updated version of the FBI/DHS ransomware we have seen in the past. If this message appears on your computer it probably means that your computer is infected with ransomware and hidden Trojan viruses. Do not pay the money. Do contact the Service Desk (617.373.4357) to have your computer disinfected.

Of course if you receive this message and you are downloading child pornography please turn yourself in at the local police department.

Missing Child Phishing Emails

New phishing emails are designed to prey on your sympathy for missing children to infect your computer with malware and steal your information. From the ic3.gov:

The FBI has become aware of a spear-phishing e-mail made to appear as if it were from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The subject of the e-mail is “Search for Missing Children,” and a zip file containing 3 malicious files is attached. E-mail recipients should never open attachments or click links in suspicious e-mails.

If you receive an unsolicited email do not open any attachments. Do not forward the email. Delete the email and reach out to the stated organization for confirmation.

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