Ransom 32 – Ransomware, as known by a lot of people, are nasty pieces of software that encrypt files on a Windows system, and then threaten users that their data will be lost forever, unless they pay up, usually in Bitcoins. Many have surfaced in the past year, like a program that scrambles your computer’s file names, and another that even offers a ‘referral program,’ turning victims into perpetrators. And more recently, such programs have evolved, now targeting a wider range of computers.
Initially analyzed by security expert Fabian Wosar from Emsisoft, Ransom32 functions quite differently compared to the usual ransomware programs. This program can actually be utilized by anyone who knows how to access hidden servers in the Tor network, and a simple Bitcoin address can be used to be able to sign up and make their own version of the ransom program.
Operators of the program are given a control center where they can see statistics, like how many people have paid up, and how much money has been sent so far. They can also configure their own variant of the program, setting the ransom amount they want, set custom messages and set how they want their victims’ computer to operate once the software has been launched.
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