The Dark Web has a new kind of ransomware-as-a-service that allows users to tailor their own code and ransom demands by Satan. These attacks consist of phishing or malicious links to infect the victim’s computer, where then the malware encrypts the files on the computer and places a HTML file on the desktop with the ransom demand and instructions so the victim can get their files back. As Satan store their private keys to decrypt the files on a remote server, there is no other option but to pay the ransom.
I found this rather terrifying and I don’t know what I would do if this every happened to me. I hope that researchers get the code sample that is required to update and protect Windows based machines from this threat. What the general public should know, is to be careful of suspicious e-mails or links and to always make sure that if an e-mail has an attachment it is supposed to be there before opening it. I also feel like I should have heard of ransomware before this as it has caused over $1 billion in damages in 2016 alone, and that the general public should have too. I am not sure if any public policies are in place about this; if there are not, anyone caught should have to give up their login information to the Dark Web service they are using and/or the code that will allow researchers to update and protect computers at risk.