If you’re a customer of outbound email services like Gmail, Outlook or Hotmail, you may be at risk of being infected with ransomware.
In a recent case, a man named William Hovind, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing data from Hotmail accounts.
The ransomware that was attacking the company was named “Ransomware: A True Story” by the Department of Justice, which described the malware as “a malicious, multi-layered, and highly destructive piece of malware designed to steal money from unsuspecting victims through extortion, ransomware, and other nefarious means.”
The FBI notes that it has collected data that suggests Hovund used the same tool to collect money from Hotmails users in the US.
The malware has been linked to the attacks on Microsoft, but the company says the data collected in the cyberattacks were unrelated to those of the FBI.
Microsoft has confirmed the existence of the ransomware in an update to the Windows 10 version, and the company is working to patch the vulnerability.
The company also recommends users to avoid using the email service until the software is patched.
We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this post if we hear back.
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