There’s been a windows 10 ransomware scam going around the internet tricking users by sending them a phishing, scam and fake email that looks like it is coming from Microsoft. This email encourages users to download to download a zip archived file that is purported to be a Window 10 installation file or some sort of Windows 10 update.
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The Microsoft Windows 10 which was released a couple of years ago has found its way into the hearts and devices of many people, its large number of users makes things somewhat easier for these hackers because of a very huge percentage of Windows users are just average PC users with no average or in-depth knowledge of cyber-security.
Windows 10 has recorded a total number of 67 million installs as at early 2015, so you can see why scammers can easily take and exploit that opportunity to manipulate users into thinking that they are getting emails and updates from Microsoft, whereas they are unknowingly logging on a phishing website or downloading some sort of malware into their PC.
How Does this Windows 10 Ransomware Scam Target Users?
According to the discovery and report Cisco networks’ security team, a new scamming campaign that spreads CTB-Locker ransomware fronts a Microsoft email, telling the unwitting Windows users that their Windows 10 download is ready. These scammers did a very nice job (not that I am complimenting them or anything), did a very nice job to make their emails mimic the same emails that Microsoft sends out to their customers informing about products and updates.
How to Spot The fake Windows 10 Ransomware Scam Email?
In their attempts to make these phishing emails look real and authentic, these scammers were able to spoof the address of origin as [email protected] They also went ahead to use the same color scheme used by Microsoft to fool the users. Thus, these emails look more legitimate. But they were a little sloppy and their emails had some text mistakes and changes.
Another way to know the fake windows 10 ransomware scam email is by the location of the sending address. The origin of the email was traced to Thailand which by far, would be the origin of such emails if it were to be genuinely sent out to customers by Microsoft themselves.
What Will Happen if you Download and Run the Windows 10 Ransomware Scam CTB-Locker File?
Say you have no single idea about any of this and then you unknowingly or mistakenly falls into their trap, downloads the CTB-locker file in .zip format into your PC, your computer will be immediately locked by CTB-Locker ransomware. This ransomware tells the users to submit the payment within 96 hours, and failing to do so will result in the permanent encryption of PC files as you can clearly see for yourself in this screenshot below.
No matter how close circuit system you are running, you can never be too careful in life, so I’d advice you to always have a pristine backup stored offline. So that whenever you get attacked or find yourself in a similar situation, you will have a way out of it without spending top dollars for a remedy. Chances are; even after paying the ransom, these nefarious hackers and scammers wouldn’t keep their own end of the bargain.