Facts and Figures you should know about Ransomware

Even as cyber security specialists work tirelessly towards containing the Ransomware menace – which has sort of gained a pandemic proportions this year – there doesn’t seem to be any permanent respite from…Read More

  • Ankit
  • 13 Oct 2016
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TorrentLocker: Ghost in Your Machine

There’s something about torrents that makes them controversial. Apart from the fact that you’re downloading stuff for free (even paid stuff for free), it is one of the most common carriers of malware, viruses and Trojans. While our next culprit has nothing to with torrents, its heinousness is enough to make a permanent impression on…

  • Ankit
  • 13 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Ankit
  • 13 Sep 2016
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Fantom: Weaponizing a Preventive Measure

If you grew up in the late 80s (and 90s), you are likely to remember the purple spandex clad “Phantom” from newspaper strips. And he loved wearing his drawers over his crime-fighting suit. Most Super Heroes do! The ‘Fantom’ we are talking about is more a Super Villain than a Super Hero. It’s one of…

  • 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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