Ransomware Prevention: Why is It Important?

Ransomware Prevention Why is It Important

Although kidnapping and ransoming is quite a common theme in Hollywood movies, its real life counterpart is a horrifying experience in its own. You might live in a peaceful town with low crime rate, but that…Read More

  • Ankit
  • 04 Nov 2016
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Insights of Ransomware Attacks in 2016

Insights of Ransomware Attacks in 2016

Despite the fact that Ransomware variants haven’t spared any industry, there are still some that have been infected the most. To begin with, education sector has topped this list, followed by government, health care, energy and utilities, retail, and finance industries in the list. Recently, a cyber security firm BitSight has analyzed Ransomware attacks by taking around 20,000 companies in account. Its report has clearly revealed, Education sector to have received most Ransomware attacks, with approximately 13% of all attacks being targeted to the said industry. This figure imitates 1… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 28 Sep 2016
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PadCrypt: Hijacker with A Conscience

There are villains who commit crimes without remorse and there are some that take a totally different approach. Most crypto viruses or Ransomware aim at hijacking and infecting their victim’s computers and extorting money. They are not only a threat to computer security but is also a major hindrance to the internet of things. But regardless of how dangerous they are, we must not forget that they have been designed by humans who might also have a conscience. The best example of such a self-conscious and somewhat ethical crypto virus… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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CTB Locker – The Professional Saboteur

Unlike regular viruses or malware that can be removed from your computer using an antivirus program, ransom ware or crypto-viruses spell disaster for your files. Once this malicious program makes its way to your computer, there is no asylum from the horrors of losing your valuable data. Another highly proficient Ransomware from the huge family of such crypto-malware is CTB Locker. Like other Ransomware of its kind, CTB Locker secretly encrypts your files, hijacks your computer and demands ransom from the owner in Bitcoin. Common Targets CTB Locker is notorious… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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Locky: Extension Pioneer

Although, newer strains of Ransomware change file extension names, Locky was the first ever to start the trend. It’s not particularly old, but has become an infamous one in a short span of 5 months. Perhaps, Locky’s fame is credited to its wide spread transmission. A research over it says, out of 10 spam emails, 7 contained Locky executables in the first quarter of 2016. How it infects? Just like many other Ransomware variants, Locky too finds its way via spam emails. More often than not, these emails contain a… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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Petya: Don’t Fall for a ‘Business Email’

Cyberware criminals couldn’t get any more crooked when they designed Petya Ransomware. While infinite strains have already been developed in the Ransomware family, Petya is probably the most wicked one. Unlike other locker Ransomware, Petya overwrites master boot record (MRB) and encrypts master file table (MFT) so that files become unreadable. Petya Ransomware emerged in the beginning of this year and is still a menace for Windows users. It uses binary encryption, which would take place one after another and makes recovery hardly possible. Petya’s Transmission Like every other Ransomware… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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Fairware: The ‘Punny’ Ransomware

It is beyond our understanding how on Earth can one possibly utter the words ‘Fair’ and ‘Ransomware’ in the same breath. Experts at BleepingComputer.com apparently don’t. They have dubbed the most recent Ransomware as ‘Fairware’. Pun/Sarcasm, anyone? Beginnings The first instance of a ‘Fairware’ attack was posted on a BleepingComputer Forum. According to the victim, the hackers somehow intercepted the password on his Linux machine and logged on to Linux servers for the website. Fairware then deleted the relevant web folder and left a ransom note asking for 2 bitcoins… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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TeslaCrypt: Evildoer for your computer games

Talk about anything- your doc files, images, audios, videos, portals, database, source codes, etc., Nothing is spared by Ransomware. Within this specific family of Ransomware – Cryptovirus – distinct malware programs have been developed to specifically target files. TeslaCrypt is no different. It was first seen in early 2015 and attacked computer games. However, a master decryption key for anyone who has been infected with TeslaCrypt is available now. This might be the end of the road for TeslaCrypt but definitely is no so for its creators. Gamers’ Nightmare Just… Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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CryptoLocker: Evil Never Dies, It Just Evolves

One of the earliest Ransomware viruses to surface, CryptoLocker is pretty much the Big Boss of all such malware floating around the internet. It first appeared in 2013 and soon became the posterchild for all malicious programs that encrypt user data and demand ransom…Read More

  • Ankit
  • 12 Sep 2016
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Cryptowall: Making Mockery of Its Victims

Talk about adding insult to injury and this ransomware will top the list. Cryptowall not only hijacks the data on your computer, but congratulates you thereafter for becoming a part of the Cryptowall community…

  • Ankit
  • 10 Sep 2016
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