US Government Site Was Hosting Ransomware

As recently as Wednesday afternoon, a U.S. government website was hosting a malicious JavaScript downloader that led victims to installations of Cerber ransomware. The malware link has since been taken down.

Online scammers are recycling video and images released in the wake of the U.S. special forces raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound to fuel Web based attacks that have been linked to rogue anti virus installations and botnets, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Security researchers have stumbled upon a new piece of ransomware that blocks an infected computer from accessing the Internet until a fee is paid via SMS (text message).The latest ransomware file is bundled
with a program called uFast Download Manager.  Once a machine is
infected, a message is posted in Russian demanding a
ransom under the guise of activating the uFast Download Manager

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