Windows 10 – Scam Alert

The new operating system Windows 10 from Microsoft seems to have attracted scam artist. Cisco security researchers are warning users against opening email attachments purporting to be from the software giant.

The ransomware malware, which encrypts files until ransom is paid is being sent as part of an email spam campaign.

You can read more about fishing email and ransom in my older posts.

The scam artists are pretty sophisticated, the email seems to be coming from Microsoft Update and uses the same fonts and colors as update (at) microsoft.com in order to fool Windows users.

If you open the attachment in the email are giving the scam artist an opportunity to attack your computer. So you need to be very careful.

Ones installed, the malware locks down all the files and then demands a payment in 96 hours to release the computer.

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BE CAREFUL

The only sure way to upgrade is to go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade and follow the instructions.

There are no shortcuts – Be very Suspicious of any email promising you anything Windows 10 related.

Please do not hesitate to leave a question or a comment below.

Thorhallur

 

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for that information! This is the first time hearing about ransom viruses. It’s pretty scary these days. I’d be dead in the water if I couldn’t get to my files. Thank you for the warning!!

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