4 Nasty Programs that Will Hijack Your Files for Bitcoins

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In the past year Bitcoin started to act as the preferred form of currency to a new type of malicious software. It’s called Ransomware in general and it takes your computer files as hostage until you pay the hacker who created it his ransom. And it’s evolving, fast… The first and most notorious form of ransomware requesting Bitcoin was called “CryptoLocker”. It sneaks up to your computer through innocent looking SPAM emails like this one. Attached to the email was a ZIP archive containing a small executable  file (a program that runs on a Windows computer, usually ends with “.exe”). To make things even harder to detect the “.exe” file was using a document extension (i.e. “.pdf”) in the filename and displaying an Adobe Reader icon. If you chose to open the malicious file, it would download and execute Gameover ZeuS, which in turn downloads and installs other malware families including CryptoLocker. CryptoLocker will then go ahead and encrypt your computer files so you won’t have access to them without a specific private key (just like the one used in a Bitcoin wallet).  Of course in order to get the private key, you’ll need to pay. This is what you’ll see on …