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A Brief History Of Ransomware

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

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Nanireko
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Nanireko,
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12/26/2016 | 1:57:37 PM
Ransomware Chronicle
It's just the begining 
MKultra
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MKultra,
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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
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Joe Stanganelli,
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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.
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