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Everything you should know about ‘Locky Ransomware’

Uncategorized September 3, 2017

The Narendra Modi government on Saturday issued an alert on the spread of a new malware. The name of this malware is ‘Locky Ransomware’. Here are things you must know about the Locky Ransomware and how it harms our systems:- What is Locky ransomware? Ransomware is a kind of cyber-attack designed to block access to the data and files on local computer and demand money in the form on bitcoins to unlock it. The Locky ransomware is similar in nature to the “WannaCry” that caused massive outcry around the world earlier this year. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issued an advisory for Locky ransomware warning for users in India to stay alert. Locky ransomware has been active since last year, but this time around it is back with its new variant. A new ransomware campaign was launched on August 9, and it appears to have started to penetrate in India as well. Cybersecurity company AppRiver said that it has seen over 23 million messages sent in the attack, making it one of the largest malware campaigns seen so far. How does it work? The ransomware is being distributed through a new file extension called “.diablo6”, according to Malwarebytes research. Continue reading …
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‘Locky Ransomware’ hits Indian cyberspace & targeting computers, Indian government issues alert

Uncategorized September 3, 2017

Locky, a deadly “ransomware” has hit India. State-run Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(CERT-in) has issued an advisory on the spreading of Locky ransonware in the country, urging users to not open any emails with attachments from unknown senders.

Ransomware is a malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh. The alert, issued on Cyber Swachhta Kendra, said it has been reported that a new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky Ransomware. “Reports indicate that over 23 million messages have been sent in this campaign. The messages contain common subjects like ‘please print’, ‘documents’, ‘photo’, ‘Images’, ‘scans’ and ‘pictures’. However, the subject texts may change in targeted spear phishing campaigns,” the alert, which described severity of the ransomware as “high”, said. Continue reading …
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