Rootkits, blackmail scams on the rise

Malicious users are beginning to abandon the use of infected computers for zombie networks and data theft, according to a report by Kaspersky Lab.

Malicious malware authors are instead employing blackmail schemes, where users are told they should send a specific amount of ransom money to the malicious users.

"The ransom demanded varies significantly depending on the amount of money available to the victim. We know of cases where the malicious users have demanded $50, and of cases where they have demanded more than $2,000," according to the Kaspersky report. "The first such blackmail case was in 1989, and now this method is again gaining in popularity." News - IT Security News - SC Magazine UK

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