Beware: Ransomware attacks with no user interaction
Updated: Feb 12
New Ransomware Installers Can Infect Computers Without Users Clicking Anything, Say Researchers
Ransomware infections have seen exponential growth in 2016, as security researchers report both old encrypting malware like Cryptolocker and new versions like Locky are utilizing craftier methods to attack machines and encrypt files before victims even realize what’s happened. Victims are then forced to either pay the ransom or hope they have a backup recent enough to spare them any lost data. Meanwhile, the time required to remove ransomware and restore lost files can prove costly as well.
Security researchers at a variety of firms report attackers are not only upgrading their malware to make it more unbreakable, they are also using unique methods of distributions. In some cases, these methods require no user interaction at all.