Data hijackers up the stakes

If you're a bored student leveraging the work of real worm authors to install adware on computers of unsuspecting victims, perhaps you should start looking to expand to ransomware...In the online version of this scam, an attackers encrypts the data on your hard drive, promising to unlock the encryption after a ransom has been paid.

Early versions of the malware only used weak encryption keys, but online scammers are up 660-bit keys by now. Meanwhile your browser still uses only 128-bit keys to encrypt your online banking and other confidential information. Silicon Valley Sleuth: Data hijackers up the stakes

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 25th July 2006 10:00PM