Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator(s) of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system's hard drive (cryptoviral extortion, a threat originally envisioned by Adam Young and Moti Yung), while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying.
Posts about Ransomware
  • Arrest related to Wannacry made, but it’s not who you might think

    … it could be disabled. Now, that man has been arrested. 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was arrested at Defcon, a cybersecurity and hackers conference that’s held annually in Las Vegas. The US Justice Department says Hutchins was allegedly part of another piece of malware called Kronos, Kronos is said to be used in stealing log in information of financial…

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  • New ransomware might not be able to be paid off

    … Yesterday, a new ransomware attack swept across the globe. The attack first hit the Ukraine before affecting business in Russia, The Netherlands, The UK and the US. The ransomware known as Petya seems to have had an even bigger effect than the recent WannaCry attack. Like WannaCry, Petya asks the victims for money in Bitcoin. While a number…

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  • Ransomware makes you choose between your friends or your files

    … With the WannaCry ransomware attack largely gone, news is making the rounds of another type of ransomware that is even more malicious than that. While this other attack has also come and gone, the thought process behind it is so malicious in its genius that it’s worthy of discussion. The ransomware is called Popcorn Time, and it forces you…

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  • Sneaky Malware Is Threatening User Trust in Digital Advertising

    … of attack. Last year, The Huffington Post was one of a number of sites that exposed millions of users to malware through its ad offerings, and according to MalwareHunterTeam, users of image hosting website Imgur were recently infected with ransomware. Unless users have browser antivirus protection installed or are using ad blocking software…

    AllFacebook- 23 readers -
  • New ransomware knows you by name and address

    … New ransomware knows you by name and address Ransomware is a nasty bit of malware that can lock you out of your computer or network and will hold your files ransom until you pay a bad actor to release them. One of the more infamous ransomware incidents involved a hospital in Kansas that paid the ransom in order to regain access…

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  • Can Data Security Keep Up With Fraud, Bots and Hackers?

    … and vulnerabilities left unpatched have become common threads in data breaches. In certain places, even Heartbleed still hasn’t been patched. The speed at which security innovations are implemented and adopted, by both consumers and businesses, clearly isn’t keeping pace with developments in hacking and fraud. Unpatched vulnerabilities continue to be exploited…

    Inside Facebook- 14 readers -