Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

JavaScript-ed nasty only spotted on Windows, so far.
Richard Chirgwin
A security researcher reckons he’s spotted the first example of JavaScript-based ransomware-as-a-service, dubbing it Ransom32.
Emsisoft’s Fabian Wosar writes here that embedded in a self-extracting WinRAR archive is an NW.js-packaged application that does the heavy lifting for the ransomware.
NW.js, Wosar notes, is a JavaScript framework for application development, based on Node.js and Chromium. It works around JavaScript’s normally-strict sandboxing, so a Web application can be repurposed for the desktop without the sandbox getting in the way.
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Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/