Started getting ads for ransomware. Coincidence?
Very strange. Verrrry strange.
Yesterday I wrote a blog post on spam stuff that has been hitting my mailbox. Nothing too deep, just me scratching my head.
Coincidentally (I guess/hope), I have been getting messages via my Bitlbee to one of my Jabber accounts, offering me ransomware services. I am reproducing it here, omitting of course everything I can recognize as their brand names related URLs (as I’m not going to promote the 3vi1-doers). I’m reproducing this whole as I’m sure the information will be interesting for some.
*BRAND* Ransomware - The Most Advanced and Customisable you've Ever Seen Conquer your Independence with *BRAND* Ransomware Full Lifetime License! * UNIQUE FEATURES * NO DEPENDENCIES (.net or whatever)!!! * Edit file Icon and UAC - Works on All Windows Versions * Set Folders and Extensions to Encrypt, Deadline and Russian Roulette * Edit the Text, speak with voice (multilang) and Colors for Ransom Window * Enable/disable USB infect, network spread & file melt * Set Process Name, sleep time, update ransom amount, Give mercy button * Full-featured headquarter (for Windows) with unlimited builds, PDF reports, charts and maps, totally autonomous operation * PHP Bridges instead of expensive C&C servers! * Automatic Bitcoin payment detection (impossible to bypass/crack - we challege who says the contrary to prove what they say!) * Totally/Mathematically IMPOSSIBLE to DECRYPT! Period. * Award-Winning Five-Stars support and constant updates! * We Have lot vouchs in *BRAND* Market, can check! Watch the promo video: *URL* Screenshots: *URL* Website: *URL* Price: $389 Promo: just $309 - 20% OFF! until 25th Feb 2017 Jabber: *JID*
I think I can comment on this with my students. Hopefully, this is interesting to others. Now… I had never received Jabber-spam before. This message has been sent to me 14 times in the last 24 hours (all from different JIDs, all unknown to me). I hope this does not last forever :-/ Otherwise, I will have to learn more on how to configure Bitlbee to ignore contacts not known to me. Grrr…