I’ve had a slightly scary morning.
Part of my morning routine is to browse happily through what Pinterest believes might be of interest to me, pinning here, clicking through there. This morning I spotted a pretty flower shaped paper piecing block, and clicked onto it. Hurray! There was a free pattern pdf to download. Cue ominous music…..
I downloaded it. I double clicked to open it. Oh s…..t. Loud voice and flashing screen telling me to ring the number below, a virus has been installed on my computer and I should call this number to get ‘Microsoft’ help in getting it removed. I couldn’t shut down either the application or my laptop, and the bloody voice and flashing screen blared on and on.
I took the whole shooting match to the Apple store. Within 10 minutes it was clear that this was ransomware, and had I rung the US phone number, I’d have been told I had to cough up or lose the lot. The lovely people at Next Byte got rid of it for me, I got rid of the pdf, and I just want to let you know to avoid the problem item, or at least approach it with caution.
Here it is. If you see this on Pinterest and you want to download it, make sure your anti-virus software is activated and up to date.
I’ve tried to tell Pinterest, but there’s no dropdown menu option for ‘one of the pins you sent me links to a pdf that instals malware if you download it’ in their complaints area, so I suspect my warning hasn’t been too effective. I’ve put a warning comment under the pin which will hopefully give anyone pause. Strangely enough, the owner of the blog has now repinned 21 of my pins.
Am I suspicious? Well yes, a bit… I may be doing her a great injustice, and someone has piggybacked onto her pretty pattern, but since she’s repinned everything since I wrote the comment, I feel I’m entitled to some doubt.
Anyway, you have been warned!