Ransomware threatens victims with police reports for child pornography

By | July 8, 2012

Source: Computer World

by Lucian Constantin

In this article “Cybercriminals are using a new piece of malware to extort money from their victims by encrypting their files and threatening to alert authorities about child pornography being stored on their computers, according to security researchers from antivirus firm Sophos.

The malicious application, detected by Sophos products as Troj/Ransom-HC, falls into a category of malware called ransomware. As the name suggests, ransomware applications hold computers, or the files stored on them, to ransom.

Troj/Ransom-HC encrypts the files stored on infected computers, allegedly using the strong 256-bit AES cipher, and asks their owners to pay 3,000 euros — around $3,800 — in order to receive a decryption key.”

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