New ransomware has been detected in the wild, with Kaspersky Labs identifying a variant of an older trojan dubbed Gpcode. The variant encrypts many files
on the infected computer, ranging from documents to pictures to C source code. After encryption, the program demands extortion money from the owner of the machine in return for a decryption key.
“Ransomware” as it is called isn't particularly new. It has been seen
and reported several times before
, though it was barely thought of at the time. It is still something you hear of rarely, which is probably a very good thing. Hopefully the culprit of such annoying plots will see prison time rather than extortion money.