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Microsoft: Keep Calm But Vigilant About Ransomware
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RyanSepe
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4/25/2016 | 8:17:35 AM
Social Engineering
Social engineering, and from my experience phishing, has been how ransomware has become so prolific. The end user is providing the attacker with keys to the door but who can blame them when phishing attempts are becoming more authentic to look like genuine traffic.
RyanSepe
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4/25/2016 | 8:15:36 AM
Re: Ransomware on the rise
It's no wonder why the answer has been ransomware for some. It's easy to transport, easy to create, and modular when designed correctly. Ransomware can have varying levels of complexity and has even been packaged with other malware. Due to these parameters you run the gamut from very capable malware writers to even the most inexperienced leveraging it as a malicious medium.
Joe Stanganelli
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4/23/2016 | 9:30:04 AM
Ransomware on the rise
Alas, as Brian Krebs reports in his book Spam Nation, a lot of this is the side effect of the successful crackdown on pharma spam over the past so several years.  Botnet masters, script kiddies, and other black-hatters needed to come up with new monetization plans.  For some, the solution has been ransomware.
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