Political Themed Ransomware is Finally Here

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Trump and Clinton Ransomware Hits the Internet

Cristal M Clark

I’ve actually been wondering where our political themed ransomware is, like scammers have literally tried everything else right? Well the good news is, political themed ransomware is finally here. 

Cisco Talos Group discovered a payload named Trump.exe meaning that malware developers have finally begun to add some politics in with their malicious payloads.

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Cisco Talos found the politically-themed payload while investigating a recent MalSpam campaign, then they decided to look into other malicious programs that contained political references or themes and found hundreds of other examples.

The Talos Group discovered a ransomware called the “Donald Trump Screen of Death,” which is a screen locker. The screen locker attempts to lock users out of Windows while showing them various pictures of President Trump, which gives me daymares honestly. 

They also found a program called the Trump Crypter which is used to obfuscate malware code so that it cannot be detected by security software.

This actually has been going on for just a little while. 

Does anyone remember the “CIA Election AntiCheat Control”  that had been discovered back in 2016, that showed a picture of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that told victims to send $50 or their vote in the upcoming election wouldn’t count?

Then there’s the harmless program called Dancing Hillary that allowed users to make Hillary Clinton dance.

President Barack Obama’s likeness has sadly also been used by malware developers to create an injector with an Obama theme. This injector can be used to inject malicious code into legitimate processes in an attempt to evade security software.

And because 2020 is an election year, my guess is we are going to start to see a hell of a lot more of this going around. 

Cristal M Clark

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5 Minors Killed After Police Kidnapped Them

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Cristal M Clark 

Naturally only in Mexico could this “accident” happen. The Mexican Government has come forward and apologized for for deaths of at least 5 minors who had been taken by police then promptly handed over to the one of the most violent known drug gangs in Mexico.

It should be noted that this is in fact rare for Mexico to actually admit to the state’s culpability/participation in such crimes.

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Officials initially lied, in their initial statement they insisted that the youth were criminals when they went missing in 2016 in the Gulf state of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most violent places to visit or disappear in.

Columba Arroniz, a mother of one of the dead youth had this to say whilst tears streamed down her face; “More than anything, we want to reclaim the good name of our kids … and demand justice for them and for thousands of others who experience the same thing.”

The minors, 3 boys and 1 girl were on their way home when they were stopped by local police, in what police are calling “the mistaken belief they had ties to a gang,” then turned over to members of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

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They were then murdered and their bodies incinerated, according to preliminary findings. Which has all of the same markings as the 2014 abduction subsequent massacre of 43 trainee teachers in southwest Mexico, in which the government did admit that police were involved.

One debate has been brewing for some time and that is, should the United States suck it up and consider the cartels and drug gangs from Mexico terrorist groups? This debate, well it has really started heating up again, along with more and more support for it.

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Cartels fight in an effort to control trafficking routes, the illegal drug trade, human smuggling, extortion and kidnapping.

In the last decade turf wars among increasingly splintered criminal cartels have left more than 40,000 people missing, as well as around 26,000 unidentified corpses in over 1,100 mass graves scattered about Mexico.

Perhaps it is time to change the game and rather than simply having a heated debate about considering the cartels terrorists and actually have real honest discussions because they are our closest neighbors and are currently moving slowly but surely north of that southern border.

Cristal M Clark

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