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Old 4th June 2015, 15:31   #1 (permalink)
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Troldash scam

A security software firm has warned about a new strain of "ransomware" - while finding that even Russian hackers can be haggled down.
Ransomware is software which locks you out of your files until a fee is paid to the criminals behind the attack.

Checkpoint researcher Natalia Kolesova detailed information about Troldash, a newly-discovered strain. Once it infects a machine, Troldash provides an email address with which to contact the attackers.

"While the most ransom-trojan attackers try to hide themselves and avoid any direct contact," Ms Kolesova explained, "Troldesh's creators provide their victims with an e-mail address. The attackers use this email correspondence to demand a ransom and dictate a payment method."

Troldash was distributed via a spam email - and once downloaded, immediately set to work encrypting files before placing a text file of ransom instructions on the target's computer.

Posing as a victim named Olga, the researcher contacted the scam artist, and received a reply with instructions to pay 250 euros to get the files back.

[more] Russian hacker drives hard bargain with Troldash scam - BBC News
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