Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Ransomware is Being Spread by Infected Image and Graphic Files on Facebook and LinkedIn

Security researchers recently discovered Locky Ransomware being spread on Facebook and LinkedIn. The malware is distributed by infected image and graphic files. Users are prompted to download a codec allowing them to view the file in question.

Once users download and open the malicious file they receive – all the files on their personal device are automatically encrypted and they can only gain access to them after a ransom is paid. The industry estimation is that the campaign is still raging and accumulates new victims every day.

Present anti-virus software does not detect the problem although, hopefully, that capability will be added soon.

Details may be found in an article on the Check Point Software Technologies web site at

Categories: Scams

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.