According to the security researcher, there is a widely distributed scam email which contains quotes of individual’s postal addresses with links to a very dangerous form of ransomware.
A member of US firm Blue Coat. Andrew Brandit had contacted the BBC. This was after he had heard an episode known as BBC Radio 4’s you and yours in which the phishing scam was behind discussed.
According to Mr. Andrew’s discovery, the emails are linked to a ransomware known as Maktub.
This malware encrypts files belonging to its victim and then demands to be paid some ransom for the file to be unlocked.
As per the phishing email, the recipients are owing amount of hundreds of pounds to UK businesses and link is provided for them to click and print the invoice. The link itself leads to the malware.
To some recipients, they are informed by the phishing email that they owe some money to some British businesses and charities when they really do not have any debt with the stated organizations.
The explanation from the website that is associated with the malware has it that at the period of the first three days, the fee charged is 1.4 bitcoins, which is approximately $580. This rises to 1.9 bitcoins or almost $790if you delay after the third day.
Koestler Trust, a charity that assists ex- offenders and prisoners in their artwork is one of the organizations mentioned in the malware.
As he spoke to you and yours, Sally Taylor, the chief executive said, “We rely on generous members of the public and we were very distressed when we discovered that people felt they had received emails from us asking for money, when indeed they had not been generated by us at all.”
One interesting feature of the scam emails is the fact that it included even the postal addresses of the victims. Many people have confirmed and noted that the addresses are very accurate.
Dr. Steven Murdoch, a cyber security expert in the University of London, it is not clear how the scammers accessed the victims addresses and linked them to their names and emails.