21 Oct '13, 3pm

New Ransomware Scam Accepts Bitcoin Payment

New Ransomware Scam Accepts Bitcoin Payment

While the move to accept the pseudo-anonymous crypto-currency in malware-ransom payments is certainly new, it also appears – in this specific case – to have not worked thus far. Ortega examined the transaction record of the Bitcoin address listed in the scammer’s malware interface, finding that scheme has yet to net the criminal a single Bitcoin. As Ortega points out, at present, Bitcoin is used almost exclusively by the technically savvy, who are far less likely to become infected with malware in the first place. However, two similar scams utilizing the same malware family but offering different Bitcoin addresses for payment have made modest profits. These transaction can be monitored on the Bitcoin wallet site, Blockchain.

Full article: http://threatpost.com/new-ransomware-scam-accepts-bitcoin...

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