ritchie58 Posted August 5, 2011 Report Share Posted August 5, 2011 According to a Emsisoft Security blog, ransomware is on the rise this year. This type of malware is not new. It's been around for a while but more instances of it have been surfacing recently. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware that once it infects your operating system it will use a complex and virtually unbreakable 1024 bit encryption algorithm to make your personal data or even your entire hard drive inaccessible. That is unless you want to pay a fee to the criminals for a decryption key to unlock your own computer, so the term ransom is appropriate! The only other option is to re-format the infected hard drive and thus loose all your data and/or clean re-install your operating system depending on which drive(s) are infected. Payments are usually made via PayPal or a similar internet money transfer system which makes the criminals hard to track down. Extortion, plain and simple. The most common method used to infect a computer is clicking on a link and being re-directed to a malicious web site where the malware is loaded into your system. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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