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New Ransomware MIRCOP on the Prowl

A crew of cyber-crooks has started a ransomware campaign that maybe described as a highly self-defeating attack because besides condemning the infected user for the assault and instructing him to pay a huge $28,000 as ransom, it wouldn't tell the process of making this payment by the victim.

The ransomware called MIRCOP produces one ransom note that condemns the user as well as severely threatens him. The note asserts the user has robbed the wrong persons off 48.48 BTC even as the message contains the Guy Fawkes creature's image, implying that user has meddled with certain hacktivist organization's property.

Those carrying out the ransomware attack assume the victim already knows the way cyber-assaults get launched. MIRCOP doesn't elaborate the manner in which the payment procedure should be completed. It merely includes one bitcoin address, indicating that the victim would know the way for conducting the transaction.

There's also a threatening language by MIRCOP inside the note, expecting towards frightening users while thereby get some easy money. The criminals responsible for the ransom software leverage the name of Anonymous as also project one man's image masked as the character Guy Fawkes in the background of ransom note.

Incidentally, there's been no transaction featured on the BTC address, implying no victim made any payment of the demanded ransom. Security Company Trend Micro the discoverer of the threat states the MIRCOP crooks are disseminating the ransomware through an onslaught of spam mails. Softpedia.com posted this, June 26, 2016.

Trend Micro detailing on 'data theft' says a user's private information that he types into his computer is likely for being more sensitive compared to saved data inside his files. MIRCOP can steal credentials from the Opera, Firefox (of Mozilla) and Chrome (of Google) web-browsers; the credentials being login particulars to access one's financial/personal A/Cs. It can as well reach out at information from software as well as platforms such as Skype and Filezilla.

Like every time, it's advisable for avoiding spam attachments while not enable macros within Word documents obtained from unfamiliar sources. Also maintaining routine backups of vital files is necessary, particularly as nasty ransomware programs intermittently circulate.

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