Originally Posted by xRehab
I was wondering this too, and I visit some pretty sketchy places on the internet fairly consistently without even bothering to VM or run any real AV; just ghostery and uBlock with a malware bytes scan every few months. I feel like it has to be the old email phishing technique (at least for the work PCs that everyone seems to have to deal with, internal email ****s everyone) with no intent on actually getting data, just locking it all up.
on a side note, how much havoc does this stuff cause on systems with multiple drives and boot partitions? I've got 3 drives currently, two 3tb HDDs and a 250gb SSD, with one of the HDDs partitioned with ubuntu for messing around and some school work. do you lose access to all data on all drives? is a separate partition safe? on top of that, who the hell keeps anything they care about in a single physical
location? I know if I ever got hit with it my dban usb would be running before I had a chance to actually read any popup.
yeh its email phishing, we get about 5-10 emails per week with word or excel docs enclosed in .zip with various attempts to get you to open it: "here's your statement", "you owe this much", "here is our purchase order for your product" etc etc.
They go company wide, so thousands of people receive them at the same time, and undoubtedly, some people open them.