Threat Database Ransomware Linkup Ransomware

Linkup Ransomware

By ESGI Advisor in Ransomware

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: February 4, 2014
Last Seen: July 13, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

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The Linkup Ransomware is a Trojan infection that the cybercrooks use to purloin money from naive computer users. The Linkup Ransomware is also associated with a Bitcoin mining threat that is used to get the benefit of the impacted PC's resources to mine Bitcoins. The Linkup Ransomware presents a severe threat to the computers' privacy. Because of this, it is important to remove any trace of the Linkup Ransomware from an affected computer as soon as symptoms of the Linkup Ransomware begin to appear. It is paramount to be aware that, in spite of the fact that the Linkup Ransomware will claim to be associated with the 'Council of Europe', the Linkup Ransomware is actually not associated with any real institution or government agency.

Understanding the Work of a Ransomware Trojan

The Linkup Ransomware uses a typical ransomware strategy to steal money from inexperienced computer users. The Linkup Ransomware will alter the victim's DNS settings so that the affected computer refuses to connect to the Internet as normal. Instead, when the computer user tries to load a website, the affected Web browser will load a Web page claiming that the affected computer was blocked by the 'Council of Europe' due to supposed infractions on the victim's part. After blocking the victim's computer, the Linkup Ransomware will strive to inveigle the computer user that it is necessary to pay a police fine in order to unblock the affected computer. One worrying aspect of the Linkup Ransomware is that certain variants of this threat will try to install a Bitcoin miner on the victim's computer.

How the Linkup Ransomware Uses Bitcoin Mining to Profit at Your Expense

After blocking the victim's computer, the Linkup Ransomware will try to use the infected computer's resources to run a Bitcoin mining software, coordinated with a botnet of infected computers in order to generate illicit profits. Although BitCoin mining has ceased to be profitable with a single household computer, using thousands of millions of computers simultaneously allows criminals to generate significant revenue. Do not let criminals profit at your expense, PC security researchers strongly advise removing the Linkup Ransomware with the help of a strong, fully updated anti-malware program.ScreenshotScreenshot

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File System Details

Linkup Ransomware may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. file.exe f1304992523cd68f7412a355d2fb9d5d 0


The following messages associated with Linkup Ransomware were found:

The Provisions on the fight against sexual exploitation of children and child pornography on the Internet complies with the provisions of a EU Council decision from December 2003. It gives the police powers to arrest those who are responsible for child pornography, calls for the creation of the National Centre to combat child pornography on the internet and establishes that Internet Service Providers have a legal obligation to adopt a filtering system to avoid access to sites censored by the Centre.

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