Windows users infected with a particular Trojan downloads ransomware that encrypts computer files and demands Bitcoin payment to decode the data. According to Trend Micro, the Windows Trojan called Fareit is an information stealer that downloads other malware, such as Zeus. Recently, it has been determined that Fareit also downloads "Cribit."
One of the Cribit variants uses an English message for ransom, and another variant delivers a multilingual ransom note which includes 10 different languages. In the ransom note, users are directed to a Deep Web website accessible only through Tor. The malware demands $240 worth of Bitcoins. To avoid being infected, avoid clicking on embedded links in emails and keep your software updated on a regular basis.
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