Trojan hostages computer files and demands $300 ransom

Posted on Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 22:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Security experts have discovered a new Trojan that encrypts files on infected computers and then demands $300 in ransom for a decryption password:
The Trojan, identified as Cryzip, uses a commercial zip library to store the victim's documents inside a password-protected zip file and leaves step-by-step instructions on how to pay the ransom to retrieve the files.
>br> It is not yet clear how the Trojan is being distributed, but security researchers say it was part of a small e-mail spam run that successfully evaded anti-virus scanners by staying below the radar.
More details can be read at eWeek.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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