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Researcher finds the Karma Ransomware being distributed via Pay-per-Install Network


A security researcher namedslipstream/RoLhas discovered the Karma Ransomware, which pretends to be a Windows optimization program called Windows-TuneUp. What is worse is that this sample was discovered as software that would potentially be distributed by a pay-per-install software monetization company when people install free software downloaded from the Internet.

I have been railing against adware and PUA purveyors for quite some timeand this continues to show how dangerous bundled software is becoming.

#Ransom Karma - 1/55, signed - distributed via PUP bundling network - possible indian origin - clearnet c&c hashes: — slipstream/RoL (@TheWack0lian) November 14, 2016

If a user downloads and installs a free program that is monetized by this software monetization company, they would possibly be greeted with an offer for a Windows optimization program called Windows-TuneUp. While many people know these types of...(continued)

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