NEWS - July 14, 2016

Be careful in your inbox. Massive Locky ransomware campaign underway

F-Secure is warning computer users about a significant increase in sightings of the Locky ransomware, typically spammed out posing as invoices or profiles for positions at your company.

Here is how researcher Päivi Tynninen described the scale of the malware campaign:

Yesterday, Tuesday, we saw two new campaigns with a totally different magnitude: more than 120,000 spam hits per hour. In other words, over 200 times more than on normal days, and 4 times more than on last week’s campaigns.

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