The final payload locks the victim’s computer and covers the screen with a message from Homeland Security…

Phil Muncaster

Ransomware authors appear to be revising some old tactics in a bid to persuade their victims to part with their money, after a new strain of malware was found which locks the user’s screen but does not encrypt files.

Cyphort Labs malware researcher, Paul Kimayong, explained in a blog post that the new family of what it generically dubs “Ransom Locker” malware was discovered after his team followed an infection on a porn site.

This in turn redirected visitors to a RIG exploit kit landing page that served up the ransomware in the form of a malicious flash file and binary.

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