New Satana ransomware encrypts user files and master boot record

It’s the second ransomware threat after Petya that leaves computers unable to boot into the OS.

By Lucian Constantin

Attackers are developing an aggressive new ransomware program for Windows machines that encrypts user files as well as the computer’s master boot record (MBR), leaving devices unable to load the OS.

The program is dubbed Satana — meaning “Satan” in Italian and Romanian — and, according to researchers from security firm Malwarebytes, it is functional but still under development.

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