New Ransomware Replicates Itself

A new form of Ransomware is now capable to replicating itself.–PC Pitstop

New Ransomware Replicates Itself

By Stu Sjouwerman, for Security Awareness Training

Here is a powerful piece of ammo to get (more) IT Security budget.

SophosLabs labs’ blog reported of a new Ransomware strain with a difference – this one is a true self-replicating parasitic virus! They call it VirRansom.

This new strain is a hybrid that combines CryptoLocker / CryptoWall functionality with active self-replicating virus infections of all files it can find. And like the cybercrime Reveton family of malware, it locks the PC’s main screen demanding 0.619 Bitcoin to let you back in. Yikes.

Let me quote Sophos for a moment: “Worms vs. Parasitics: Most worms leave you with one, or perhaps a handful, of infected files that weren’t there before and need to be deleted.

“Parasitic viruses, in contrast, may leave you with hundreds of infected files on each computer, or thousands, or more. If you leave even one of those infected files behind after a clean-up, the infection will start up all over again.

“Worse still, the infected files can’t just be deleted, because they are your own files that were there before the infection started. That makes cleanup much trickier.”

The good news…article continued here.

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2 thoughts on “New Ransomware Replicates Itself”

  1. I have ben hit once with a red screen flashing I had been infected and a 800 number to cal. the 3 finger salute got rid of the problem. It did not come back. I called the 800 # and they hardly spoke English. Wonder what country it was from. I was perusing sewing machine parts!!!

  2. What is the matter with the computer community we have putting up with this abuse for decades, FEIGNING helplessness? Lets spend a little money and redesign chips and OSes to make malware all but impossible. The problem is not technical but inertia motivated by profits from selling inept solutions.

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