A new computer virus that is spreading via email is shaking down Qatar residents for money by fraudulently claiming to represent the Ministry of Interior.
According to information posted on MOI’s Arabic Twitter account, the ministry’s logos and pictures are being used in email demands to pay fines. MOI said the email is spreading the Urausy virus, a ransomware that locks a user’s computer access and displays a fullscreen image pretending to be from local authorities asking for payment to regain access.
The virus usually gains access to a computer when users visit compromised websites but can also be downloaded through attachments.
To protect against Urausy and other malware, the MOI advised against downloading unknown attachments. It also recommended changing email passwords periodically and ensuring they contain a mix of letters and numbers to make them difficult to crack.
Residents who have fallen victim to a virus attack can email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at MOI. Detailed instructions on removing the Urausy virus on PCs can be found here.
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Credit: Images courtesy of MOI on Twitter