With all the hype over cryptocurrency, there could be many reasons why people would want to find out more about SpriteCoin. DON’T. Oh, its also known as MoneroPay.
The SpriteCoin website is promoted on forums about cryptocurrency, and has even appeared on the bitcointalk.org forum. Its a clever new social engineering technique, getting people that are interested in a hot new topic to visit a website set up with the sole purpose of getting them to download an application masquerading as something when really its ransomware.
The ransomeware itself is very clever, in addition to the cryptolocker it also includes a password stealer in the same application.
Once you have downloaded and run the rouge cryptocurrency application, the cryptolocker encrypts files and demands a ransom via the Monero cryptocurrency to decrypt user’s data. At the same time, once you’ve paid your ransom, the software will still be stealing your passwords.
How To Protect Yourself!
As with most computer nasties, there are three key steps. We’ve numbered them all as 1. below because YOU MUST DO THEM ALL
1. Train staff to not use work devices for things that are not work.
1. Have backups of your data files stored away from your computer/network, such as Cloud 9 Vault
1. Invest in top quality Security Software…not just fee stuff.