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New research suggests that 'government-grade' malware designed to operate undetected on computer systems is in the hands of cybercriminals who are integrating it into rootkits and ransomware.
Security breaches, malware, viruses, ransomware, and just poorly written free software makes one wonder, 'Is the free software model really working'? I'd have to say, 'Not really'.
The major development in malware in 2013 was the rise of ransomware, mostly on Windows desktops but also on Android devices.
Microsoft has warned people of a localised strain of malware that masquerades as a message from a country's local law enforcement.The 'ransomware' — malware that takes control of a user's device and demands payment to unlock the computer — was detailed by Microsoft on Monday.
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A Hotmail user logged into their account this week to find that scammers had deleted all their e-mails except for one, which was from a hacker demanding cash in exchange for restoring the lost information, according to Websense.Websense said this scam is a variant of ransomware, which is a malicious program that encrypts documents on the victim's computer and asks for a payment in order to decrypt the files.
Smaller companies should back up their data if they want to avoid being held to ransom by hackers, a security company has warned.Hackers are using sophisticated ransomware, which is malicious code, to hijack a company's user files, encrypt them and then demand payment in exchange for the decryption key, Kaspersky Labs said on Monday.
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