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Beware of PureLocker Ransomware

Security researchers Intezer and IBM X-Force have identified a new ransomware that is seriously vicious. It’s PureLocker—named because it is programmed in PureBasic language, which is apparently unusual.

The scary thing about this ransomware being written in PureBasic programming language is that it can target different platforms and is transferable between different operating systems, including Windows, Linux and OS-X.

Currently, ransomware attacks are being launched against servers for cryptocurrency ransom. Although it is unknown how many victims have been attacked by PureLocker, the researchers have confirmed that the ransomware campaign is active, with PureLocker being offered to attackers as a service, and is being used by known cyber criminals.

It is believed that PureLocker is being launched through phishing campaigns. Big surprise there.

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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