Fake Windows 10 updates install ransomware! Some Microsoft users already affected


Fake Windows 10 updates have been spotted by security experts. Some Microsoft consumers were already affected by the malicious enhancements.

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A view of the new Microsoft Surface Laptop following a Microsoft launch event on May 2, 2017 in New York City. The Windows 10 S operating system is aimed at the education market and is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Chrome OS.

Microsoft’s versions of Windows systems are commonly targeted by hackers and other malicious actors. Now their latest target is the Windows 11 predecessor.

beeping computer reported that some Microsoft users have already confirmed that their devices are infected after installing the fake updates.

But how serious are fake new installs of Windows 10?

Fake Windows 10 updates install ransomware!

Experts from Bleeping Computer said that while they were checking their official cybersecurity forums, they discovered that some Windows 10 users have posted their complaints about fake Windows 10 updates.

Fake Windows 10 updates install ransomware!  Some Microsoft users already affected

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Also read: Windows 11 Pro will soon require users to create a Microsoft account for installation

“Hello guys, my PC has been infected with ransomware and my files have been encrypted with .yqiidt file. Unfortunately there is no decryptor yet,” said an anonymous Microsoft consumer.

Now cyber security experts have confirmed the seriousness of these malicious links. They said that fake PC updates will automatically install Magniber ransomware.

Security researchers added that fake updates are distributed in different files. These are the most common:

  • Win10.0_System_Upgrade_Software.msi
  • Security_Upgrade_Software_Win10.0.msi

Apart from these files, there are also other bogus Microsoft knowledge-based articles that can also install Magniber ransomware:

  • System.Upgrade.Win10.0-KB18062410.msi
  • System.Upgrade.Win10.0-KB66846525.msi
  • System.Upgrade.Win10.0-KB47287134.msi
  • System.Upgrade.Win10.0-KB82260712.msi

Recent Fake Windows Windows Updates

CBS recently reported that some fake Windows 10 updates also targeted Microsoft users in 2019. Security experts said that these previous malicious links might lock your PC.

Because of this, hackers can freely take control of your device while you spend a long time unlocking it. If you are lucky, you will be able to access the computer again.

But, your sensitive information especially bank details might have already been accessed by online attackers. You can visit this link to see more details.

Meanwhile, a new flaw in the WordPress anti-malware firewall has been spotted.

On the other hand, Amazon’s Alexa is accused of tracking users’ voice data.

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