New Scam: Fake Blue Screen of Death

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New Scam: Fake Blue Screen of Death

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Post by Raffles » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:06 pm

Fake Blue Screen of Death faux-freezes your system like the real McCoy

by Lisa Vaas

Thanks to Andrew O’Donnell of SophosLabs for his behind-the-scenes work on this article.

There’s a new fake support scam in town, hiding behind a file calling itself Microsoft Security Essentials, and it’s trying to trick victims into contacting bogus help centers.

The malware, known to Sophos as Troj/Diztakun-A (Microsoft calls it Hicurdismos), is strangely reminiscent of what many readers will know as lockscreen ransomware from back in 2012.

Lockscreen ransomware froze your computer with a web page that tried to squeeze you into paying a “fine”, often for alleged copyright infringement or porn-viewing “offences”, after which the lock screen would be removed.

Malware of this sort, such as the once-widespread Reveton, did its best to stop you switching away from the lockscreen, so that you couldn’t hack your way out of trouble using system tools such as Task Manager.

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Re: New Scam: Fake Blue Screen of Death

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Post by Bell 407 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:19 pm

And I am waiting for Moertoe to say something like: "Blue screen, what on earth is a blue screen? I have never ever ever seen a blue screen on a Mac. I am not sure what a blue screen would like like on my retina display. And why would one want to have just a blue screen" :haha: :haha:



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