Sextortion Ransomware


Criminal minds are creative, and new ransomware strains show just how creative cyber-attackers can be. A new strain of ransomware, dubbed Ransomwared, requests a different kind of payment from the victim than the typical bitcoin request. Instead of paying for the decryption of data, or to prevent cyber-attackers from releasing private photos they have obtained through the attack on the Internet, attackers using Ransomwared request that the victim send them explicit and compromising photos as payment.  Security researchers at Emsisoft report that Ransomwared is not very sophisticated, and it has published a fix to assist victims. It is a good reminder that there are fixes to many strains of ransomware which are available to the public through the No More Ransom Project.

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