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New Malware Scam Allows Hackers to Fool People for Ransom


Malware scams are nothing new as hackers are always coming up with different ways to exploit existing digital platforms and stealing personal information of people. Just recently, a few hackers have come up with a new type of malware scam that is not as obvious as the others, and can fool even the ones who are very careful about their privacy. The people who have orchestrated this scam are very cunning and the thought they’ve put behind this scam is just phenomenal.

The Scam

This scam starts with a fake email from local police department which informs people that they were over-speeding at a certain location, at a certain time, for which they are fined a certain amount of money – and mind you, all of this information is pretty accurate. This email is accompanied by a link at the bottom which is said to show the picture of one’s number plate, but once clicked, it invites malware into users’ device, giving hackers full control of it. Hackers are then free to roam around in user’s phone and gain access to any personal information they can find. Once they get their hands on someone’s details, they ask them for a ransom because it’s an easy way to get money. No one wants their personal data to be leaked online, so more often than not, they comply and pay the price to hackers for getting their personal information back.

How People Are Getting Fooled

As mentioned above, all the stuff in the sent emails is pretty accurate. Hackers use GPS location tracking to find users, and calculate the speed at which they were going. Once they get an idea of what the speed would be, they fire up a formal looking email to those individuals, making them think they have been ticketed for over speeding. The hackers get everything right in the said email, including first names, last names, timings, and even the speeds, so it is very difficult for anyone to really tell if the message is real or fake. People who receive this email are baited to click on the link at the bottom, which instead of showing the picture of their number plate, invites malware into their midst.

How The Scam Works

Suspicions are that the hackers have made use of an app that has permission to access GPS at will. However, it is still unclear whether they have gotten access to one of the existing apps or have created a new malicious tool themselves. At the moment, this scam is only running in certain areas of Philadelphia, but it has the ability to spread nationwide real soon. Only thing hackers have to do is get a legit sounding email address, and gain access to a GPS location tracking app. Once they have both of these tools at their disposal, fooling people will not be much of a problem.