A widely distributed scam email that quotes peoples’ postal addresses links to a dangerous form of ransomware, according to a security researcher.
The emails link to a ransomware called Maktub.
The malware encrypts victims’ files and demands a ransom be paid before they can be unlocked.
The phishing emails told recipients they owed hundreds of pounds to UK businesses and that they could print an invoice by clicking on a link – but that leads to malware.
It’s incredibly fast and by the time the warning message has appeared on the screen it has already encrypted everything of value on the hard drive – it happens in seconds.