Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
But now, if the victim pays the $300 fee, a second screen appears, demanding an additional fee of $450. "To delete this case from all criminal records and avoid any problems at work and other places where criminal records can be checked, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $450," the screen states.
"This new trend shows that Ransomware is an effective business model for cyber-criminals who are not afraid about demanding more and more from their victims," writes Malwarebytes senior security researcher Jerome Segura.https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
In his initial post describing the malware, Segura noted that it's actually relatively easy to get rid of it without paying a ransom -- just click on the Safari pull-down menu, choose "Reset Safari," make sure all items are checked, and click the Reset button.