Do You Own A Laptop? Beware, A Dangerous Malware Is In Town

To welcome you to 2016, a deadly malware called Ransom32 has been unleashed. According to Betanews, this is the first JavaScript-based ransomware that can infect Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs. It does this by using a Node.js runtime environment running on the NW.js platform to hack into an operating system, then it holds the PC ransom.

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The surprising thing is anyone can create this on the dark web, all you will need to do is pay 25% of the money generated to the authors. According to Fabian Wosar, a security expert via Betanews, “The initial infection method is nothing out of the ordinary, involving little more than using spam emails to lure victims into installing the ransomware. Delivered as a compressed RAR file, Ransom32 self-extracts and uses WinRAR’s scripting language to configure the malware to launch at system startup, establishing a connection to a ‘command and control server’ using the bundled Tor client. Files are encrypted and a ransom note is issued, warning that the cost of decrypting files will increase as time goes by.

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So what can you do to protect yourself? Unfortunately, since anti-virus software manufacturers have been slow to push out definitions that detect Ransom32, you have little help from them, what you can do is:

  1. Have a backup strategy in place.
  2. Do not access .zip attachments in e-mails from unknown senders.
  3.  Do not click links in e-mails from unknown senders. If you can see the actual link, copy and test it using this website.
  4. Avoid questionable websites and never click links in unknown web page.

Every spirit of Ransom32 is sent back to the sender, can I hear an Amen?

 

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