Researchers at Microsoft have uncovered a new strain of malware that poses as a message from local police.

"The 'ransomware' -- malware that takes control of a user's device and demands payment to unlock the computer -- was detailed by Microsoft on Monday," writes ZDNet's Jack Clark.

"The malware imitates local country's police forces and, so far, poses as the UK's Metropolitan Police; the Spanish Police; the Dutch Police; Switzerland's Federal Department of Justice and Police; and Germany's GEMA and the German Federal Police," Clark writes.

Go to "Microsoft flags malware that poses as police" to read the details.

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