New ransomware is devil’s own work

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New ransomware is devil's own workSatana, a new strain of ransomware believed to originate in Russia, is posing a fresh threat to computer security. On the one hand it has the ability to encrypt files. On the other, it can corrupt Windows’ Master Boot Record (MBR), blocking the booting process. Victims have to pay a Bitcoin ransom of more than £250 to buy the decryption key.

Satana (Italian for Satan) is potentially more dangerous than Petya – its ransomware forerunner. While it’s still at a formative stage of development with flaws in its code, Kaspersky researchers suggest that it may well evolve into a serious threat.


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