Scam of the Week – New WannaCry Phishing Scam hits the UK

June 28, 2018 2:18 pm Geraldine Strawbridge

A new phishing scam was uncovered this week that claims to infect PC’s with WannaCry Ransomware unless victims pay a ransom in Bitcoin.

Action Fraud has issued a warning to the public after receiving almost 300 reports about fake WannaCry emails demanding payment from victims.

The email claims to be from the ‘WannaCry-Hack-team’ and victims are told “WannaCry is back!” and warned that their devices have been hacked and that ransomware has been installed on their device.

The email also warns that the ransomware installed on their PC’s has been perfected and that antivirus software and firewalls will not prevent against file encryption. The WannaCry ransomware will spread quickly through the local network and infect cloud data and remote devices regardless of the operating systems.

Failure to pay a ransom within 24 hours, or any attempt to remove the ransomware without making payment will result in permanent deletion of files.

Fake WannaCry Email

Source: Bleeping Computer

It’s been just over a year since WannaCry ransomware caused chaos around the world by infecting over 250,000 computers in 150 countries. In the UK, the NHS was virtually crippled after the cyber-attack disrupted over a third of NHS Trusts, resulting in the cancellation of 20,000 appointments and operations.

Action Fraud has advised recipients of the email to delete it immediately, under no circumstances pay any ransom and to report the scam to their fraud team.

Phishing emails often contain a number of red flags that can alert users to a fraudulent message. In this particular email, the subject line is misspelled as “Attantion WannaCry” which should immediately set off alarm bells and alert the recipient that they have received a phishing email.

Other signs to look out for include; poor grammar, a mismatched URL, threatening or urgent language, claims of prizes or a request for information.

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