The first ransomware of 2016 reaches new threatening levels

The first ransomware of 2016 reaches new threatening levels

How do you feel about being introduced to the most recent ransomware of 2016? As you may know, (and if not, here’s a brief explanation), ransomware is a type of virus or malware that encrypts your Windows files and threatens to delete them forever, unless of course, you pay.

Ransom32 has recently made an appearance just to throw a spanner in the works. This program uses Javascript and has the potential to infect systems that run Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The data obtained by security expert Fabian Wosar, is alarming to say the least: Ransom32 can be used by anyone who knows how to access their hidden servers in the Tor network. With the use of a simple Bitcoin address, this future felon can create their own malicious virus.

The owners of Ransom32 can access a control centre which holds statistics containing information, such as how many people they have infected and how much money they have achieved so far.

This program can affect your PC with spam. It is hidden within RAR files and knows how to self-remove and install itself without you knowing. It encrypts data that has extensions such as .jpeg, .mp3, .mov, .mp4, .docx among others.

If you act with common sense, you have nothing to fear. Do not open any suspicious emails. Install an antivirus software and keep it updated, while also keeping backups of your PC files.

A great way to start the year, right?

Source: NeoWin

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