Windows 10 Fake Update Via Email Actually Ransomware

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Windows 10 fake update via email actually ransomware campaign.

Many people don't know or simply don't understand that Microsoft never sends updates via email.

A new ransomware campaign is masquerading as a Windows 10 update and people are falling for it and by clicking the attached file and executing the malicious file.

You may have already gotten a fake notice saying “Install Latest Microsoft Update Now!” Or “Critical Microsoft Windows Update!”, with the body of the message asking you to “Please install the latest critical update from Microsoft attached to this mail,” with an apparent JPG file attached, (which is actually an executable .NET file).

Windows 10 fake update via email actually ransomware campaign.

The message you should read into it is "Delete this email immediately".

The file is a ransomware called Cyborg, which will encrypt all your files, lock their contents, and change their extensions to 777. As is typical of ransomware, you’ll also be delivered a file named “Cyborg_DECRYPT.txt,” which contains the instructions on how you can recover your files—if you pay the cybercriminal. You should never do that. There’s no guarantee that even if you fork over the cash, the cybercriminals will release your computer.

Trustware, which discovered the ransomware, says four variants are out there, spawned from somewhere in Russia, so you should be on the lookout for variations to the email notice, including those that are attached to other emails.

The ransomware has the capacity to evade gateway controls.

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