Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

4/21/2016
10:00 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail

A Brief History Of Ransomware

A top ten chronicle of more than a decade of notable ransomware variants and trends.
2 of 11

AIDS Trojan

While the modern crypto ransomware variants didn't really come into the forefront until about 2005, the AIDS Trojan actually kick started the category decades earlier. Spread via floppy disk, the Trojan piggybacked on programs that 'measured a person's risk of contracting AIDS based on their responses to an interactive survey,' writes Alina Simone in a really interesting article about the virus in Unhackable. When the user rebooted, the trojan encrypted victims' files and asked for a 'licensing fee' of $189 to be mailed to Panamanian PO Box.

Image Credit: https://medium.com/un-hackable/the-bizarre-pre-internet-history-of-ransomware-bb480a652b4b#.mqtljkqfu

AIDS Trojan

While the modern crypto ransomware variants didn't really come into the forefront until about 2005, the AIDS Trojan actually kick started the category decades earlier. Spread via floppy disk, the Trojan piggybacked on programs that "measured a person's risk of contracting AIDS based on their responses to an interactive survey," writes Alina Simone in a really interesting article about the virus in Unhackable. When the user rebooted, the trojan encrypted victims' files and asked for a "licensing fee" of $189 to be mailed to Panamanian PO Box.

Image Credit: https://medium.com/un-hackable/the-bizarre-pre-internet-history-of-ransomware-bb480a652b4b#.mqtljkqfu

2 of 11
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Nanireko
50%
50%
Nanireko,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/26/2016 | 1:57:37 PM
Ransomware Chronicle
It's just the begining 
MKultra
50%
50%
MKultra,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/24/2016 | 4:00:46 PM
ransomware - new tread or nonsense ?!!
hi fans,

well - i had never trouble with this special type of malware insofar, although i get lots of emails every day,

about 250 - 400, mostly newletters from newspapers all over the world !!!

i am very careful NOT clicking attachment links in emails, so the chance to get ransomware is very low.

i have lots of security software on my notebook - eg. antivius (avast free edition), good firewall (comodo), anti-

spyware (spyhunter and spybot search + destroy), anti-rootkit (avg) and many others, at last an intrusion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

detection system (sax 2), if an excellent blackhat enters my computer ...

 

 

thats all for now - hope to hear from you

sincerly

diplom-engineer matthias klein (ANONYMOUS-hacker and universal genius !!!)
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
4/24/2016 | 11:08:33 AM
Link to spam
It is interesting to compare the rise of ransomware with the downfall (at least, from its heyday) of pharma spam.  As botnet masters and other black-hatters lost one of their primary sources of income, they had to start using their machines and know-how in other ways to make money.
The Cold Truth about Cyber Insurance
Chris Kennedy, CISO & VP Customer Success, AttackIQ,  11/7/2019
Black Hat Q&A: Hacking a '90s Sports Car
Black Hat Staff, ,  11/7/2019
The State of Email Security and Protection
Mike Flouton, Vice President of Email Security at Barracuda Networks,  11/5/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprise
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprise
Security leaders are struggling to understand their organizations risk exposure. While many are confident in their security strategies and processes, theyre also more concerned than ever about getting breached. Download this report today and get insights on how today's enterprises assess and perceive the risks they face in 2019!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-18881
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-12
WSO2 IS as Key Manager 5.7.0 allows unauthenticated reflected XSS in the dashboard user profile.
CVE-2019-18882
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-12
WSO2 IS as Key Manager 5.7.0 allows stored XSS in download-userinfo.jag because Content-Type is mishandled.
CVE-2019-18873
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-12
FUDForum 3.0.9 is vulnerable to Stored XSS via the User-Agent HTTP header. This may result in remote code execution. An attacker can use a user account to fully compromise the system via a GET request. When the admin visits user information under "User Manager" in the control panel, the pa...
CVE-2019-18874
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-12
psutil (aka python-psutil) through 5.6.5 can have a double free. This occurs because of refcount mishandling within a while or for loop that converts system data into a Python object.
CVE-2019-18862
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-11
maidag in GNU Mailutils before 3.8 is installed setuid and allows local privilege escalation in the url mode.