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Cryptowall Ransomware Spreading Rapidly through Malicious Advertisements

Cryptowall Ransomware Spreading Rapidly through Malicious Advertisements

June 06, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Ransomware is an emerging threat in the evolution of cybercriminals techniques to part you from your money. Typically, the malicious software either lock victim's computer system or encrypt the documents and files on it, in order to extort money from the victims. Though earlier we saw the samples of Ransomware tended to be simple with dogged determinations to extort money from victims. But with the exponential rise in the samples of Ransomware malwares, the recent ones are more subtle in design, including Cryptolocker , Icepole , PrisonLocker , CryptoDefense and its variants. Now, the ransomware dubbed as Crytowall , a latest variant of the infamous ransomware Cryptolocker is targeting users by forcing them to download the malicious software by through advertising on the high profile domains belonging to Disney, Facebook, The Guardian newspaper and others. Cryptolocker is designed by the same malware developer who created the sophisticated CryptoDefense ( Trojan.Crypt
Dumb Ransomware Developer leaves Decryption Keys on Infected Computers

Dumb Ransomware Developer leaves Decryption Keys on Infected Computers

April 02, 2014Swati Khandelwal
So, How do Hackers compromise a Website? Simply by exploiting the flaws in it, that means they took advantage of the error in the developers' code. Now, this time the hackers itself has left behind a crucial flaw in its malware code which can be exploited by us to help save our computer systems. Believe me, it's not an April Fools' joke! A malicious software program that holds the victims' computer files hostage by wrapping them with strong encryption until the victim pays a ransom fee to get them decrypted, has a critical flaw in its malware code itself that it leaves the decryption key on the victim's computer. The Anti-virus firm Symantec examined a sophisticated malware program dubbed as CryptoDefense (Trojan.Cryptodefense) ransomware , which appeared in the end of the last month. CryptoDefense is one of the complex malware programs that include a number of effective techniques, including Tor anonymity tool usage and Bitcoin digital currency to extort money from victims. Cryp
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