Locky Ransomware

  • Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to computer system until sum of money is paid to unlock it.
  • Locky ransomware is being circulated through massive spam campaign in which spam emails with common subject lines target computers by locking them and demanding ransom for restoring access to users.
  • It first surfaced in 2016.
  • It encrypts files on victims’ PCs and adds a .locky file extension.
  • The attackers then demand ransom in Bitcoin payment to unlock the files.
  • It is demanding ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh. 
  • Why in news? CERT-In has issued an alert about spread of Locky.



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