Web scammers have been flooding Italy for several days with pirate mails that contain a very dangerous link
So what happens? In practice, by clicking on that link we open the doors to a virus that invades our device in a very short time and makes it unusable. In fact, a screen appears in which the bandits of the network request a ransom to provide the data decryption key. In this case three hundred euros. The postal police are now investigating this new cyber threat.
In the province of Udine, for the moment, no such cases have been reported to the police. Instead, they have emerged in other regions.Friuli Venezia Giulia initially appeared to be part of the first experimentation group of the Immuni App, but then the governor Massimiliano Fedriga, on May 28, withdrew his availability, essentially criticizing the transition «from a management entrusted to the Health Services to direct action (and without the support of professionals) of the citizens, who will have the burden of calling the general practitioner: a little shrewd solution that risks generating panic or, in the event that the citizen decides not to contact the attending physician, to frustrate the effectiveness of the App ».
But let’s go back to the computer scam: the just called false email, spreads a ransomware, that is a virus that “takes hostage” pc or smartphone and then asks for a ransom. The malware on duty is called “FuckUnicorn” and, like many of its “colleagues”, it leverages the emergency
Covid-19 and on the news of the release of the Immuni App which should soon have the OK of the Privacy Guarantor and make an appearance on the Apple and Google stores. In order to make the download credible, IMMUNI.exe – this is the name of the infected file – was hosted on a domain created to replicate the contents of the Italian Pharmacists Orders Federation: the domain name chosen to clone the official site is similar to the real one, with the letter “l” instead of “i”. Once the recipient of the email falls into the trap and clicks on the link, the classic text file appears with instructions for redemption: the payment of 300 euros in bitcoin to free the encrypted files.
The advice of the postal police is not to pay, so nothing would change. In similar cases, cybercriminals, despite having received the money, hardly ever bothered to deliver the key promise of decryption. So better to act in advance: prevention is the only strategy and suggests frequent data backups on different devices, so that, even in the event of data blocking, few are lost and, but most are instead safe somewhere else.