Older report from Dell but I just came across it while trying to build a list of strong use-cases for butts: http://www.secureworks.com/cyber-threat-intelligence/threats/cryptowall-ransomware/ "Based on post-mortem data collected by researchers, CryptoWall has been less effective at producing income than CryptoLocker. Both malware families accepted payments via Bitcoin, with 0.27% of CryptoWall victims and 0.21% of CryptoLocker victims paying ransoms in bitcoins. CryptoLocker also accepted MoneyPak, and an additional 1.1% of victims paid ransoms using pre-paid MoneyPak cards. As of this publication, CryptoWall has only collected 37% of the total ransoms collected by CryptoLocker despite infecting nearly 100,000 more victims. CryptoWall's higher average ransom amounts and the technical barriers typical consumers encounter when attempting to obtain bitcoins has likely contributed to this malware family's more modest success. Additionally, it is likely the CryptoWall operators do not have a sophisticated "cash out" and laundering operation like the Gameover Zeus crew and cannot process pre-paid cards in such high volumes." TL;DR fiat beats butts even in the realm of ransomware. So I'm back to just claiming it's only marginally useful for drugs.
So I recently heard of a new type of malware called cryptolocker which encrypts all your files on your computer so you're basically held hostage until you pay in money or Bitcoin. Any ideas on how to prevent this from happening?
Cryptolocker Encrypted Files, 90 Hours left and 0.5 Bitcoin ($134) fee requested. HELP!
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium Manufacturer: iBUYPOWER Computers Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz RAM: 16.0 GB Hard Drive: 1 TB I don't have the rest of the specs on hand but please consider this request anyways, for I am in desperate need of help. http://i.imgur.com/Sco1dZK.png Here is a picture of what my computer desktop looks like now. A trojan virus called Cryptolocker apparently got installed on my computer, and has already encrypted most of my files and is asking for 0.5 bitcoins as ransom. It's got a timer, and is currently at around 90 hours left, so please hurry. I looked online already as to what options I have, but found that the few options I have are either unavailable, such as a system restore (due to the fact that my system doesn't have a saved restore point), or are too tedious, such as getting a personal key to decrypt each file (there are thousands). If anyone can help me that would be great, because I would really rather not pay the fee of course. Thank you for your time, tdawgthefirst
Hi, We are a company that has been hit by cryptovirus on a very crucial systemcomputer. We have involved IT security firms but they cant remove the cryptolock. Now we have taken the decision to pay them and in wondering which way is the best? I was thinking of making a Coinbase account and buy bitcoins and then pay them from the Coinbase account! Is that good solution?
Young Japanese Bitcoin entrepreneur has dreams dashed by statist thugs (tl;dr CryptoLocker)
The story in Japanese. As auto-translate doesn't work, here is a copy-paste: Ransom money request type virus, create tool storage first criminal Boy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, allegedly chased prosecutors Lock the data in the computer, to request money, such as lifting "ransom money request type virus ' tools make stored on USB flash drive, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department cyber crimes Division 14, boy living in Kanagawa Prefecture (18) etc = illegal access prohibition violations alleged in Kasai referral = on suspicion of unauthorized directive electromagnetic record keeping chased that prosecutors. First nationwide, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department had a virus creation tool, could be. I said that because the virus without specialized knowledge, these tools are available cheaply on the Internet has become a hotbed of cybercrime. Using this tool is the boy, according to investigators, such as ransom to distribute on the net then made a money request type virus, the infected person had requested to pay for virtual currency bitcoin. I said boy "infected dozens of people told police that, pecuniary damage is not confirmed. Prosecutors alleged the June this year, ransom suspect stored in USB memory was at home holds the money request type virus creation tool. According to police, the boy buy with bitcoin virus creation tool on the net. In short posting on Twitter "0 Chiaki (zero take), the virus creation and distribution, and were writing. As, the Agency in June this year, publishing house connected to the server unauthorized boy arrested on charges including unauthorized access laws. The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office the Kasai, on suspicion of violating the law. To agencies of the United States himself, said requests for virus damage 4/2014-6/15 in $ 2200000000 worldwide. Japan confirmed as virus of made in Japan at the end of last year, but had increased infection.
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