A new campaign is using multiple methods to try and trick you into downloading ransomware onto your computer.
The First Method:
The first method uses a fake email that claims to be from eBay, with a common subject line ‘Your invoice for eBay purchases (098871971234567#)’. The ‘click’ link leads to a web page designed to download ransomware onto your computer. The invoice number changes for each email. The fake email looks extremely convincing and is almost identical to a genuine eBay email.
The Second Method:
The second method is a short simple email with the subject line “Voice Message from 017234512978 – name unavailable”. The email message says “Click to listen Voice Message”. The phone number changes for each email.
When you press ‘click’ to listen to the message, you will be directed to a web page designed to download ransomware onto your computer.
What to do if you receive an email
delete them immediately.
What to do if you’ve paid the ransom
- Never pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will fix your computer, and it could make you vulnerable to further attacks.
- Restore your files from a back-up copy. Always have a recovery system in place so a ransomware infection can’t destroy your personal data forever.
- Report the incident to ACORN
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that makes your computer or its files unusable unless you pay a fee.
To find out how to protect yourself from ransomware, and what to do if you’ve paid the ransom, go to Stay Smart Online.
The information provided by the Australian Government Initiative Stay Smart Online (Date: 07 September 2017)