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Android Ransomware now targets your Smart TV, Too!

Android Ransomware now targets your Smart TV, Too!

June 15, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Do you own a Smartwatch, Smart TV, Smart fridge, or any Internet-connected smart device? If your answer is yes, then you need to know the latest interest of the cyber criminals in the field of Internet of Things. Ransomware! After targeting hospitals, universities, and businesses, Ransomware has started popping up on Smart TV screens. A new version of the Frantic Locker (better known as FLocker ) Ransomware has now the ability to infect and lock down your Smart TVs until you pay up the ransom. Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered the updated version of FLocker that is capable of locking Android smartphones as well as Smart TVs . Originally launched in May 2015, the FLocker ransomware initially targeted Android smartphones with its developers constantly updating the ransomware and adding support for new Android system changes. Here's what the new version of FLocker does to your Android-powered Smart TVs: FLocker locks the device's screen. Displays a
How to decrypt Petya Ransomware for Free

How to decrypt Petya Ransomware for Free

April 12, 2016Mohit Kumar
Ransomware has risen dramatically since last few years and is currently one of the most popular threats on the Internet. The Ransomware infections have become so sophisticated with the time that victims end up paying ransom in order to get their critical and sensitive data back. But if you are infected with Petya Ransomware , there is good news for you. You can unlock your infected computer without paying the hefty ransom. Thanks to the Petya author who left a bug in the Ransomware code. What is Petya Ransomware? Petya is a nasty piece of ransomware that emerged two weeks ago and worked very differently from any other ransomware. The ransomware targets the victims by rebooting their Windows computers, encrypting the hard drive's master boot file, and rendering the master boot record inoperable. Also Read:  How to Decrypt CoinVault and Bitcryptor Ransomware A master boot record (MBR) is the information in the first sector of any hard disk that ide
Script Kiddies can Now Create their Own Ransomware using This Kit

Script Kiddies can Now Create their Own Ransomware using This Kit

August 19, 2015Khyati Jain
Don't panic! You heard it right. A Turkish security researcher named Utku Sen has posted a fully functional Ransomware code on open source code sharing website GitHub . The Ransomware dubbed Hidden Tear , uses AES Encryption to lock down files before displaying a ransom message warning to get users to pay up. The currently undetectable version of ransomware can be modified and implemented accordingly, as it contains every feature a cybercriminal can expect from modern malware. Sen describes his Ransomware as "a ransomware-like file crypter sample which can be modified for specific purposes." This means even script kiddies can now develop their own Ransomware to threaten people. The Hidden Tear — Free Ransomware Kit The " Hidden Tear " Ransomware package consists of four files namely: Hidden-Tear-Decrypter Hidden-Tear .gitignore README.md Hidden Tear Ransomware is capable of : Using AES algorithm to encrypt files Sendi
Free Ransomware Decryption and Malware Removal ToolKit

Free Ransomware Decryption and Malware Removal ToolKit

May 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
A security researcher has compiled a ransomware removal and rescue kit to help victims deal with ransomware threats and unlock encrypted files without paying off a single penny to the cyber crooks. Ransomware is a growing threat to the evolution of cyber criminals techniques in an attempt to part you from your money. Typically, the malicious software either lock victim's computer system or encrypt the documents and files on it or in some cases both, to extort money from victims. Most often ransomware victims end up paying off crooks either due to the threat of losing their important files or in panic as the threat pretends to be from some government agency. Though IT professionals and security companies have been dealing and fighting back with the ransomware threats, security professional Jada Cyrus has compiled a " Ransomware Rescue Kit "  or "Ransomware Removal Kit"  and made it available for free online. Ransomware removal kit - Download
CoinVault Ransomware Decryption Tool Released

CoinVault Ransomware Decryption Tool Released

April 14, 2015Mohit Kumar
Are you one of those Windows users who have found themselves as victims of the CoinVault Ransomware ? If Yes, then we have a Good news for you: Victims of CoinVault ransomware can now decrypt their files encrypted by malware using a free tool released by Kaspersky Lab. With the Help of The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch Police, Security Researchers at Kaspersky Labs have developed ' CoinVault Ransomware Decryptor ' that decrypts files locked by ransomware like CoinVault. Ransomware malware is a growing cyber threat in which hackers primarily gain access to a user's system and demand a ransom be paid. Ransomware malware infects a computer or device to restrict the user's access to the infected computer. Typically, the ransomware malware will either 'lock' the computer to prevent normal usage or encrypt the files on it to prevent access. Recently, during an investigation of the CoinVault ransomware, the Dutch police we
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