There’s an old adage that says there’s no honor among thieves and when it comes to a new type of ransomware, it’s never been truer. Known as RanScam, rather than encrypting a victim’s files this new strain just deletes them altogether.
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A new ransomware was discovered called RAA by security researchers @JAMESWT_MHT and @benkow_, and it is a beast. Not only does it demand $250 for the files to be unlocked, but it also leaves behind password stealing malware called “Pony.”
TeslaCrypt has been knocked down to the fifth most common ransomware family, accounting for less than 0.1% prevalence, after its creators released its master decrypt key, which will release all files that it has ever locked.
There’s a brand new strain of ransomware on scene being called ZCryptor. According to a warning put out by Microsoft, it both works like a worm and can spread through removable and network drives.
According to research nearly half of all consumers have no idea what ransomware is. And nearly the same amount of people have no idea what would be encrypted if they were the victim of an attack. Many people think that if they unplugged their computer they could stop it. This is a little worrisome considering everyone’s favorite online retailer, Amazon, is being used in brand new wave of ransomware.
The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is coming up with guidelines to help hospitals and other organizations better protect themselves from ransomware and deal with cyberattacks when they occur.
Sometimes it seems like the barrage of new ransomware will never cease. This past week we’ve gotten six new strains, with an older one getting an update and a new ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS).