Infections Double with Ransomware Strain

Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 11:05 AM gHale


Ransomware infections for Kovter have doubled in the past month, researchers said.

Though the malware primarily targets those who visit adult websites — scanning browser history to find lascivious content to present as evidence of ‘illegal activity’ — Kovter will go so far as to create pornographic browser history content if none exists, said researches at Damballa.

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“Like any good blackmailer, Kovter tries to shame its victims into silently paying the fine,” said Gina Pimentel of Damballa.

With all Ransomware, paying the ransom will not remove the malware or restore the computer system.

Pimentel said those affected should not be “good victims,” and should instead fight back by immediately reporting such cyber crimes to the proper authorities and by using only trusted methods and sources to fix the infection.



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