Kaspersky Explains How Spammers Capitalized On Wannacry Ransomware Scare During Q2 2017
When it comes to crisis situations, there are a number of sides that can benefit from the current state. This is especially true when it comes to spyware and ransomware periods when a new sort of malicious software appears on the internet.
Notable antivirus and protection companies devise new and better defense mechanisms in order to repair the damage and prevent it from happening ever again.
Aside from the helpful companies, there is a number of malicious individuals that want to capitalize on the situation. This sad possibility became reality during the WannaCary Ransomware scare and did, even more, damage than the actual ransomware software.
Kaspersky wanted to get to the bottom of the whole phenomenon and they made some quite interesting discoveries.
WannaCry did its damage
WannaCry is the name of the malicious ransomware which literally took important data on infected computers hostage and asked users to present a payment in order to return it. Hence the name, to make the poor victims’ life even more miserable.
It came from an unknown source, but it was very frightening and many of the top security companies had a hard time of devising counter measures against it.
Kaspersky has the reputation of the best antivirus and Antispyware Company in the whole tech world. They have held that title for years now, with no intention of letting someone overtake them. What’s sets them apart is quick counter measures and fast reactions to new and hybrid viruses and ransomware.
When they released their “Spam and phishing in Q2 2017” report, a darker truth has been revealed and the whole incident might have been a lot worse.
Capitalizing through false offers
When users all around the world were infected with WannaCry and wanted to recover their encrypted data, a group of devious individuals came up with a devious plan.
People infected by WannaCry started receiving offer e-mails about combating the ransomware. Not only were there included free downloads for antivirus software, but the plan was much more complex.
The phishers didn’t stop by only offering obvious false solutions to the problem, they went further than before. Kaspersky’s researchers’ uncovered traces of various emails containing data recovery links, workshop invites and even paid courses for combating ransomware and spyware incidents!
This quarterly report revealed not only the damage that WannaCry did but also the lengths that spammers and scammers are willing to go to capitalize.
Unfortunately, most people saw these offers as legit emails and even signed up and paid for some additional software. Instead of receiving a solution for their problems, people found their personal data stolen and important passwords stolen by malicious individuals.