For most people, a ransomware infection is not a huge tragedy: they pay the bogus fine (or not), and ultimately get their computer back either because the criminals unlock it or because they clean up the machine themselves.
The infamous Cryptowall ransomware is back: the newest version has been spotted compromising users starting on January 12.
Crypto-ransomware continues to be a very effective way for cyber crooks to "earn" serious money: the method is so lucrative that with a single campaign, the crooks have managed to get their hands on 810 BTC (over $217,000) in a month.
The last days of the past and the first days of the current year have been unlucky for visitors of several popular sites including the Huffington Post and Gamezone.com, which were unknowingly serving malicious ads that ultimately led to a ransomware infection.
ESET researchers analyzed a widespread case of ransomware generally known as TorrentLocker, which started spreading in early 2014.
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