Posted by: David Harley | January 4, 2016

Ransom32 – Javascript Ransomware

[Originally posted on AVIEN, where I maintain a  ransomware resources page.]

Emsisoft’s Fabian Wosar, having recovered from the ‘shock’ of being badmouthed by the author of the Radamant ransomware kit, continues the good work by reporting on The First Ransomware in Javascript: Ransom32. There doesn’t seem to be an English version of the article at the moment, but there is a summary by Richard Chirgwin for The Register: Happy 2016, and here’s the year’s first ransomware story – JavaScript-ed nasty only spotted on Windows, so far.

Wosar points out that in theory at least, this malware could easily be repackaged for OS X and Linux:

Das sollte bedeuten, dass sich Ransom32 auch leicht für Linux und Mac OS X packen lässt – zumindest in der Theorie.

Added to the ransomware resources page at AVIEN, of course.

[Update: English version of the article now to be found here, and later commentary by Help Net: Difficult to block JavaScript-based ransomware can hit all operating systems.]

David Harley

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