What is a ransomware virus?

By Shekhar Sahu on 14 May 2017 3:34 AM

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I don't WannaCry.

Ransom, as defined in the dictionary, is a sum of money demanded or paid for the release of a captive. These days such ransom is only seen in the typical daily soaps aka Saas-Bahu serials.

Okay, since we have heard of the ransomware attacks in the news recently. We need to know what is this new form of ransom. A ransomware is a computer virus which encrypts the files on victims computer making them inaccessible until the sum of money is paid.

These attacks are typically carried out by a form of the computer virus known as a trojan horse or trojan for short. A trojan is a legitimate file in disguise which the victim finds unsuspicious and downloads them. An attacker can use a trojan as a backdoor to have unauthorized control of the victim's computer. Trojan carries the payload which encrypts, manipulates or deletes the HDD contents or the master records.

Ransomware is not new in the market, they have been around and gained popularity in the last 15 years. In fact, it was first presented in 1996 in the IEEE conference.

The latest one is WannaCrypt which has infected over 10,000 computers around the world just in 2 days. Interestingly the core of WannaCry ransomware is ETERNALBLUE a toolkit developed for the same purpose by NSA which was stolen and later got spread. 

WannaCry came to a halt when darienhuss registered a domain which he found that the virus was trying to reach. 

Read about 

The WannaCry ransomware attack and how to save yourself from this attack.

How to remove the ransomware WannaCry? I got attacked

Make your pen drive virus proof without any antivirus

A firewall for Xiaomi MIUI smartphones 

Free anti ransomware tool from Kaspersky for businesses

I don't want to pay the ransom - NO MORE RANSOM

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