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Australian police warn of ransomware USB drives showing up in mailboxes

Question asked by kingfish on Sep 26, 2016
Latest reply on Sep 27, 2016 by ambrose

According to police in the Australian city of Pakenham, 37 miles from Melbourne, multiple residents have reported strange USB drives appearing in their mailboxes. There are no stamps or addresses — they’re just envelopes someone dropped off by hand. The USBdrives themselves are unmarked, but the software present on it is cleverly disguised.

Upon plugging in the drive, users see what appears at first to be a promotional offer from Netflix or another streaming service. And of course, who doesn’t like free stuff? Some more trusting members of the public went ahead with the installation, which didn’t provide any free entertainment at all. Instead, the computers were infected with ransomware. The police say that two or three people are known to have been infected in this way. Although, it’s possible that some people simply didn’t report their gullibility to the authorities.

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