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Ransomware virus Paycrypt

August 27, 2014

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Avast analyzed a new kind of ransomware. Paycrypt is significant in two ways. Firstly, it is almost completely built by using freeware or open source tools (scripts). Secondly, the malware has a component that tries to harvest e-mail addresses fro user’s address book and his online accounts. These addresses are then used for further spreading of the malware. The language of ransom demands and focus on Russian freemail services suggests that the malware is for now solely on victims in Russian speaking countries.

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