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Ransomware targeting schools

Action Fraud warns that:

Fraudsters are posing [as] government officials in order to trick people into installing ransomware which encrypts files on victim’s computers [by] …cold calling education establishments claiming to be from the “Department of Education”. They then ask to be given the personal email and/or phone number of the head teacher/financial administrator.*

They claim that they need to email guidance to the person in authority because of sensitive comment. However, the attachment contains ransomware.

* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Commentary by Graham Cluley for BitDefender: Schools warned about cold-calling ransomware attacks

David Harley


Ransomware Updates (2)

(1) Action Fraud article about DDoS extortion threats by a hacking group: Online extortion demands affecting businesses. Commentary by SC Magazine: Action Fraud warns of new wave of Lizard Squad DDoS attacks

(2) Catalin Cimpanu for Softpedia: Decrypter for Alpha Ransomware Lets Victims Recover Files for Free.

(3) CryptoMix: ransomware that makes the ludicrous claim that the 5 bitcoin ransom will be paid to a children’s charity. Related to CryptoWall 4.0 and CryptXXX: no free decrypter currently available.

David Harley