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Shields Up!: Ransomware scam targets Japanese porn viewers

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Scammer Trend Micro is reporting that a new ransomware scam is spreading across Japan. A Japanese cybergang has infected a popular file sharing service called Winny with a Trojan. The malware hides as fake installers for pornographic games.

“The installer asks a whole series of personal questions, including name, date of birth, phone number, mailing address, company name and game passwords,” said Rik Ferguson, a senior security researcher with Trend Micro’s U.K. office.. “It also collects information from the PC, including screenshots of Internet Explorer’s Favorites.”

As many as 5,000 of Winny’s 200 million users downloaded the file and found themselves being blackmailed. The victims received an email saying their pornographic downloads would be publically exposed unless they paid 1,500 yen ($16US).

Scareware and ransomware are nothing new, but the threat of public shame is a new twist. Security researchers haven’t seen anything like it but say it’s a trend likely to increase as malware vendors grow increasingly sophisticated.

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  1. It also collects information from the PC, including screenshots of Internet Explorer’s Favorites.”

    tiffany
  2. Security researchers haven’t seen anything like it but say it’s a trend likely to increase as malware vendors grow increasingly sophisticated.

    tiffany