23 Apr '12, 7am

'Scotland Yard' ransom virus holds computers hostage - Technology Today - San Francisco Luxury News

“This locking serves to stop you illegal activity.” The professional cyber criminals behind the virus are spreading it to victims’ Windows computers by hacking into legitimate websites and inserting their malicious software, an off-the-shelf hacking tool called BlackHole. Licences to use the tool are sold online for $ 2,000. The security firm F-Secure said thousands of web users have been affected in 13 countries since March. Once a victim’s computer is infected, the criminals detect their location and issue a bogus demand from a local law enforcement agency in the local language. Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure’s chief research officer, said most victims became infected because they did not keep their browser add-ons up-to-date. “Computers get infected because they have an outdated version of Java, Flash or some other add-on,” he said. “The infection is invisible to the end user...

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