Researcher Infects Cyber-Scammer With Ransomware

Posted by HardOCP News 1:45 PM (CDT)

Wednesday August 17, 2016

This story is hilarious! Scumbag scammers, trying to bilk a researcher's parents out of money, get what they deserve when the security researcher turns the tables and infects the crooks system with ransomware. Hah! That is greatness.

A few days ago, I received a panicked call from my parents who had somehow managed to land on a (now defunct) web page (snapshot here) claiming they had been infected by Zeus. This horrible HTML aggregate had it all: audio message with autoplay, endless JavaScript alerts, a blue background with cryptic file names throwing us back to Windows' BSoD days, and yet somehow it displayed a random IP address instead of the visitor's one.