Scammers are attempting to extort would-be Windows 10 users with malware hidden in a bogus upgrade patch.
This is according to Cisco’s threat research arm Talos Group, which in a blog post on Friday (July 31st) warned of a spoofed email doing the rounds that purports to be from Microsoft and comes with an attached installer.
When executed, the program – which is actually a type of ransomware called CTB-Locker – encrypts the user’s files, rendering them unreadable, and demands a payment via bitcoin for their release.
Because of the encryption technology used, crypto-ransomware attacks make it very difficult for victims to recover data without paying the ransom.
According to a Symantec report published earlier this year, these threats increased 4,000 per cent between 2013 and 2014 alone.
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