Yesterday morning I received an email claiming to come from a “WannaCry Hack Team”. WannaCry, you may remember, is the name of the cryptographic malware that locked away files on hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.
Here is the text of the email I received:-
“Hello! WannaCry is back! All your devices were hacked with our program installed on them. We have perfected operation of our program, so you will not be able to restore your data after the attack.
All the information will be encrypted and then erased. Antivirus software will not be able to detect our program, while firewalls will be marrowless against our unique code.
Should your files be encrypted, you will lose them forever.
Our program also covers the local network, erasing data on all network-connected computers and remote servers, all cloud-stored data, and freezing website operation. We have already deployed our program on your devices.
Deletion of your data will take place on June 22, 2018, at 5:00 – 10:00 PM. All data stored on your computers, servers, and mobile devices will be destroyed. Devices working on any version of Windows, iOS, macOS, Android, and Linux are subject to data erasion.
So as to ensure against data demolition, you can pay 0.1 BTC (~$650) to the bitcoin wallet:16xFDaKkqZ7KMJbUu3aA8ZjMYF3GBywmWw
You must pay at the proper time and notify us about the payment via email until 5:00 PM on June 22, 2018. After payment confirmation, we will send you instructions on how to avoid data erasion and such situations at any time thereafter. In case you try to delete our program yourself, data erasion will commence shortly.
To pay with bitcoins, please use localbitcoins.com or other similar platforms, or just google for other means. After payment write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org “
To be clear, this is utter garbage.
WannCry, once it is active, puts up a very large, very clear “lock screen” when a user switches on their computer. You can see an example of it here.
It looks as though this email was being sent in the hope that it could act as a confidence trick… to fool people into sending money to a random bitcoin wallet.
In the event that you get either an email or a warning message on your computer, can I suggest that the first thing that you do is reach out to a computer specialist that you trust, and get them to take a look. It would seem that we’re now moving in to time where people are using psychological tricks into separating you from your cash.
Update: confirmed scam. See here. Bastards.