Ransomware Rising

A relatively new form of malware may be starting to gain popularity among virus writers and Internet scam artists. Known as "ransomware," this type of malicious code invariably tries to seize control over the victim's files or computer until that person agrees to the attackers' demands, usually by transferring funds to the attackers through some form of online currency such as eGold or Webmoney.

Now, security experts have spotted a new twist in the ransomware scam: malware which demands that the victim purchase a certain amount of pharmaceutical drugs from a Russian online pharmacy in order to retrieve files that have been taken hostage. Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (washingtonpost.com)

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 8th May 2006 10:07PM