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Users have been warned not to fall for a scam that pretends to be a Windows 10 installer but in fact installs ransom-ware instead.

The email scam was discovered by security researchers at Cisco. Hackers have sent out emails claiming to be from Microsoft with an email attachment. The scammers claim the zip file is the Windows 10 upgrade, but in fact its origins are from an IP address in Thailand. The email colour scheme is very similar to the Windows 10 update app. It even goes as far as to say the message “has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, and is believed to be clean.”

The attachment is in fact ransom-ware named CTB Locker. If installed, the malware encrypts all data on the system and demand a ransom be paid within 96 hours.

Official upgrades will arrive via a Windows update and not via email.

Users will see a notification when their system is ready to upgrade.

SC Magazine UK: http://www.scmagazineuk.com/hackers-...rticle/429975/
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