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Researchers warn of new, meaner ransomware with unbreakable crypto

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January 7, 2014
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“Security researchers have uncovered evidence of a new piece of malware that may be able to take gigabytes’ worth of data hostage unless end users pay a ransom.

Ransomware comes of age with unbreakable crypto, anonymous payments.
Discussions of the new malware, alternately dubbed PrisonLocker and PowerLocker, have been occurring on underground crime forums since November, according to a blog post published Friday by Malware Must Die, a group of researchers dedicated to fighting online crime. The malware appears to be inspired by CryptoLocker, the malicious software that wreaked havoc in October when it used uncrackable encryption to lock up victims’ computer files until they paid hundreds of dollars for the decryption key.”

Source: Researchers warn of new, meaner ransomware with unbreakable crypto | Ars Technica