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Increase in ransomware

14/03/2016

If you’ve been following this blog for a long time, you will have seen our previous reports on Mobile RansomwareCryptoLocker, CTB-Locker and CryptoWall.

Like all of those ransomware programs, once on your machine, Locky encrypts data and asks for a ‘ransom’ payment in return for a decryption key. Locky asks for the bitcoin equivalent of £885.

Usually Ransomware is hidden in executable files disguised as documents. Often these are labelled as invoices or purchase orders in emails.

Locky, however, was hidden in the encryption in macros for Microsoft Word. It’s also been known to be hidden using attachments written in Javascript.

 

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