Security Researchers Alert Users on New Ransom Trojan

Recently, security researchers at F-Secure warned users of a new Ransom Trojan.
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* Ransom Trojan
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* Trojan.Generic.KDV.153863
* Activation
* Windows
* Information Security
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April 13, 2011 - PRLog -- Cybercrime has grown in sophistication and frequency. They constantly devise new techniques to defraud users. Recently, security researchers at F-Secure cautioned against a new Ransom Trojan that targets Windows users. The Trojan has been identified as Trojan.Generic.KDV.153863. However, users are not asked to make any payment directly. Instead, the Trojan creators earn money through a technique called short stopping. The Trojan displays an error message, which states that the license of the Windows software used by the targeted user is locked. The message is displayed on a blue screen, to give an impression that the message is coming from Microsoft. The message states that the user's copy of Windows is locked as the user may have suffered fraud or there is an internal system error. Targeted users are asked to activate the product to continue running the installed version. The message warns that data stored on the computer system is locked for security concerns and the user would be able to access the data only after activating the product. Users are also warned that system reinstallation would lead to loss of the stored data. Activation is claimed to be free.

When unwary users click on the next button to proceed with the activation, they are directed to another window. The message in the window states that activation is not allowed through Internet and Short Message Service (SMS). Users are required to call on any of the several contact numbers provided to receive the installation code. Targeted users are tricked to make the call by stating that all calls are free. According to F-Secure, the provided numbers are registered in different countries such as Denmark, Madagascar and, São Tomé and Principe (located in the Gulf of Guinea). However, the calls are chargeable and quite expensive. Attackers use short stopping technique, wherein rogue operators redirect expensive calls to cheaper countries. According to security researchers at F-Secure, the activation key is provided after completing three minutes of the call. Users receive the same code, each time they call on the provided numbers.

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Internet users must install and regularly update anti-virus and anti-malware programs to safeguard their computer systems and information stored on them. They must also keep track of the security advisories from software developers, browser vendors and Internet security firms and update programs regularly. Online computer degree programs in cyber security could help users and employees to understand various online security threats and best practices.

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