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Ransomware-like tech support scam locks screen, labels Windows product key as invalid

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    Tech support scammers have been inspired by ransomware authors and have come up with lock screen claiming a user’s Windows license has expired. A tech support number is provided and a fake Microsoft technician is happy to help, so long as the victim pays to have their computer unlocked.

    After installing whatever rogue program has been tainted with the screen locker, Malwarebytes reported that users will see what “truly resembles a genuine Microsoft program.” It installs and waits for the victim to restart their computer. Upon restart, “the program activates to take over the desktop and display what looks like Windows updates.

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