A new spate of ransomware attacks is threatening to lockdown yet more computers, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

The NFIB is warning people to be wary of emails that appear to come from British Gas, the Ministry of Justice or the Home Office because they may infect your computer with the TorrentLocker Ransomware. This latest attack highlights the requirement for more stringent cyber security controls.

The 'British Gas' emails contain an attachment or link for recipients to click and view their latest bill or statement. The 'Ministry of Justice' and 'Home Office' emails contain information about an upcoming 'court case'.

Victims are told to pay £330 worth of Bitcoins to unlock their files.

According to TrendMicro, the flood of ransomware attacks follows a period of relative calm in the UK. The company said that, in a new twist, if users click on the link rather than the attachment, they are directed to a captcha form. Entering the code downloads TorrentLocker and is an attempt to bypass automated sandboxing tests

You can read the full article on SC Magazine UK here.

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