Fake Windows Updates could seize your files and demand $ 5K to restore access – how to avoid it

Yikes! Vicious ransomware is masquerading as Windows Update packages to lure unsuspecting victims into malware hell, and then suddenly, their valued files are rendered inaccessible. If they want them back, they have to fork over Bitcoin.

Magniber ransomware is the name of this malicious software – and it’s spreading. According to BleepingComputer, it discovered a surge in help requests regarding a strange ransomware infection, and after some research, the tech platform reportedly discovered its source.

How Magniber ransomware works

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