Sometimes even the most dangerous hackers are no match for some ingenuity and desire for vengeance. It all started when a boy’s parents were lured to a sketchy site and forced to download malware. Lucky for them, there son was tech-savvy enough to turn the tables on the would be hackers.
- Kwiatkowski’s encounter with a tech support crew came after his parents had navigated to a dodgy website that tried to trick them into thinking they were infected with the Zeus banking trojan.
- it was easy to fix his parents’ browser, the researcher went home and decided to have a little fun with the tech support crew.
- He fired up a virtual machine, accessed the site, and then called the phone number included on the tech support website.
“Ivan Kwiatkowski, a security researcher living in France, has turned the tables on a tech support scammer and fooled him into installing a copy of the Locky ransomware on his own PC.”