Ransomware- LOCKY

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Ransomware is a novel branch of cybercrime. Initially, it was a comparatively simple concept, using basic cryptography in which it only changed the names of files, then they began using advanced cryptography to target corporate networks, hackers were targeting general internet users with basic ransomware. Police ransomware was which tried to extort victims by claiming to be associated with law administration. It locked the screen with a ransom note warning the user they have committed illegal online activity, which could get them sent to jail. If the victim paid a fine, the ‘police’ would let the infringement slide and restore access to the computer by handing over the decryption key. Of course, this wasn’t anything to do with law enforcement — it was criminals exploiting innocent people.

Locky, which terrorized organizations across the globe throughout 2016. It infamously made headlines by infecting a Hollywood hospital. The hospital gave into the demands of cyber criminals and paid a $17,000 ransom to have its networks restored. Locky has also been linked to a ransomware campaign in August this year in which as many as 23 million phishing emails were sent in only 24 hours.

New Locky variant, dubbed Diablo6, includes a few tweaks which are making detection of the ransomware more difficult for traditional antivirus solutions as well as end users. The Locky Diablo6 ransomware targets all kinds of files in its encryption quest, including images, videos, backups, and zipped files. Once encryption is complete, a ransom note is issued on the home screen and then the encryption script deletes itself. Domains connected to a mail.com email address have been connected to Locky, and in total, 333 domains were registered in 2016 and as recently as October this year.

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