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Watch Out, the latest Ransomware is here!

02 April 2016  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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PC Pitstop sent out a warning today alerting their subscribers that the actors behind Dridex, originally a banking Trojan distributor, have switched tactics, and are now heavily pushing out a new ransomware called Locky.

The current method of distribution is via a spam email, which contains an attached Word document. 

If you open the email, you’ll see an alert by Word, which warns you that the document contains a macro. Macros allow users to “code” specific procedures into the document, to help automate or repeat specific tasks.

However, in the case of Locky, it is used to install the malware on your machine.

If you happen to ignore the alert from Word, and clicked on Enable content, Locky will scan your system for specific files, and will encrypt them, or modify them so that you cannot use them anymore, unless you pay the ransom which is over R3,000!

Please warn everyone in your office and click here to read more