New Type of the Well Known BKA Trojan Found
Anti-Botnet Advisory Center, a well-known Germany-based anti-botnet advisory states that a new type of BKA Trojan tries to blackmail the holders of compromised computers with pornographic photos of children. The malware asserts that the holder of the machine has been discovered to be involved in unlawful activities like "reproduction of porn material including juveniles" and locks the computer, published h-online.com in the first week on May 2013.
The computer does have pornographic images of children at that point - the malware downloaded the images on its own self. To suggest a continuing investigation, the Trojan shows the names and dates of birth (DOB) of the minors in the four images. Users of compromised systems will also look at their own selves, if the malware found a webcam.
To escape criminal prosecution which victims would face and unlock your computer, the victims have to pay 100 euro to blackmailers or cybercriminals through Ukash or Paysafecard. Definitely, the computer is not unlocked and the money will go into the pockets of the cyber thugs.
For now, the virus has been found only in Germany, but it is very probable to appear in other countries and in other languages. If it should happen to someone you know, remind them to use antivirus software to not only clean their systems, but also to look for the formidable pictures and delete them if they have been downloaded.
Interestingly, this malware acts in the same way like other Ransomware Trojans that have been found, like, Kovter, Polizia Di Stato Virus, Decrypt Protect Ransomware.
Ransomware, in the meantime, has been maligning the Internet for more than 20 years, but it's only in recent years there's been a massive surge in its usage. Together with the phony security software it's one of best ways to swindle Internauts out of their hard-earned money. Arrests in recent past are an indicative of the fact that it's indeed becoming a big business.
The Trojan 'Reveton', found in April 2012, used the same threats of unlawful pornographic viewing and when Spanish law enforcement officials swooped and detained 11 members of the cyber-gang responsible for it, they discovered that the gang had raked €1m a year.
» SPAMfighter News - 24-05-2013