Fantom ransomware pretends to be Windows update

by Derek Kortepeter
Sept. 1, 2017 1 comment TechGenix ransomware

One of the most popular ways that black hats infect computers is by making malware look legitimate. For the untrained eye, this could mean a professional looking bank email, a free software download, or even an operating system update. The latter strategy is what is being employed to convince users to download Fantom, a new strain of ransomware. Uncovered by AVG security researcher Jakub Kroustek, Fantom disguises itself as a “critical update” file that shows a fake Microsoft copyright. According to the AVG report, the ransomware targets “Intel 386 or later processors and compatible processors,” and functions under the file names:

2flash 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Undercover ransomware - that's exactly what we needed more... :( Hope that more security updates will soon be released.