The words “ransom” and “Bitcoin” appear to be complimenting each other once again.
According to Cisco’s security expert Nick Biasini, a fake Windows 10 update is currently at large that secretly installs an aggressive malware into the target computers. And similar to what we all have noticed in many earlier reports, this malware can only be tackled by seeking the help of very persons that bombed it — the cybercriminals. The role of Bitcoin comes right there, for it fulfills the hacker’s objectives to obtain ransom from the victim, without losing his anonymity before the legal authorities.
“Microsoft released Windows 10 earlier this week (July 29) and it will be available as a free upgrade to users who are currently using Windows 7 or Windows 8,” Biasini informed via his blogpost.
“This threat actor is impersonating Microsoft in an attempt to exploit their user base for monetary gain. The fact that users have to virtually wait in line to receive this update, makes them even more likely to fall victim to this campaign.”
The malware is sent by an email, with a message that seems to be plagiarized