Did you know that Windows 7 will officially be End of Life in less than 2 months? For most companies, this has become common knowledge and unfortunately, this has provided scammers an opportunity to infect your machine with ransomware.
According to a report released by a security firm, attackers have educated themselves on the upgrade and have already begun attacking Microsoft users with a fake Windows update E-mail that infects the computer with ransomware. Ransomware is a specific type of malware that invades your computer and locks all of your valuable information. The spammers will then contact you and threaten to destroy all the data stored if you do not pay a ransom fee.
The spammers are currently sending Window users emails with subject lines such as “Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now!” or “Critical Microsoft Windows Update” unveiling a sense of urgency to open the Email. They will urge users to click on an attachment downloaded to the Email usually titled as “latest critical update.” The attachment will seem to have an attachment with a .jpg file extension which is a .NET downloader that will infest malware into your device. The ransomware will then encrypt the recipients files and leaves a ransom note asking for $500 dollars in bitcoin in order to unlock and restore files.
If your organization is looking to upgrade your devices or you are worried about your employees clicking on potentially hazardous emails, contact OptfinITy today for information on how we can upgrade you and educate your employees.