Ransomware is so popular that even tech support scammers have eventually adopted it. Now the ransom note asks you to call ‘Microsoft’ to get your encrypted files back.
A flaw found in an HTML5 API is being used by tech support scammers to push fraudulent pages and freeze people’s computers with a fake virus warning.
Over the years we’ve done analysis on tech support scammers to include their tactics, infrastructure, front companies, payment mechanisms, and even how they hire. But one question that comes up frequently from security researchers is how a group of criminals, who are by most accounts computer illiterate, set up tech support scams that require a hard minimum of technical expertise, troubleshooting, and maintenance?
Each year, several million people fall for tech support scams and according to Microsoft, in 2015 alone crooks walked away with an estimated $1.5 billion. Malwarebytes has been actively engaged in the fight against tech support scammers overseas, but also here at home in the US.