Black Ruby

Bleeping Computer: Black Ruby Ransomware Skips Victims in Iran and Adds a Miner for Good Measure “A new ransomware was discovered this week by MalwareHunterTeam called Black Ruby. This ransomware will encrypt the files on a computer, scramble the file name, and then append the BlackRuby extension. To make matters worse, Black Ruby will also install
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Ransomware in decline?

Iain Thompson for The Register: Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs – Screw asking for digi-coins. Craft ’em on 500,000 computers Well, I don’t have immediate access to current ransomware statistics, so I don’t know how significant this decline is, but I’ve certainly seen a dramatic drop in
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Coercive Messaging

It’s not all about tech support scams, but Microsoft’s announcement about beefing up detection of ‘coercive messaging’ in Windows Defender is certainly related to some approaches used by tech support scammers, such as the use of malware that directs victims to a scam-friendly ‘helpline’. Coercive messaging? As indicated in Microsoft’s evaluation criteria for malware and
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