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Ransomware Onslaught Continues: Old Foes, New Defenses

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Anti-Malware , Fraud , Phishing

Ransomware Onslaught Continues: Old Foes, New Defenses Why CryptoLocker Won't Die, and Some Ransomware Attackers Double-Zip Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • March 6, 2017 Crypt0L0cker ransom note

Ransomware variants never seem to die - only to get rewritten.

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Indeed, the Crypt0L0cker ransomware - originally tied to the Gameover Zeus gang - has returned, researchers warn, and in some cases is digitally signed to make it appear legitimate. And various attack campaigns continue to spread other types of crypto-locking ransomware, for example fling Cerber and Sage Locker via emails sent from short-lived domain names.

Crypto-locking ransomware, which forcibly encrypts sensitive information on a system, then demands cryptocurrency for a promised decryption key, offers remote attackers a relatively low-cost, high-reward scheme, and they keep doubling down on related...(continued)

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