Everyday Cybercrime - and what you can do about it
sliu23at September 21,2015 This is my first time to see how ransom-ware works. Using the public key encryption to hijack the users’ files is a very intelligent idea. The MoneyPak and Bitcoin are good choices to help criminals unfounded. Considering that the criminal uses a central server to store his private key, what he did to keep anonymous is also an interesting issue to be illustrated. By the way, having antivirus software in the computer is necessary to minimize the risk of hijack from ransom-ware. And we also need to pay more attention to the real suffix name of the file before we click on it.
Faisal817at September 24,2015 I learned couple new stuff from this video as I am a new in this field, so we should be careful with the file extension and we want to make sure that our computer has an active antivirus software. Moreover, this video showed us how cryptolocker works.
fsyed3at September 28,2015
This is actually the first I've heard of ransomware - pretty nasty stuff. As general rules of thumb, it's important to always err on the side of caution when it comes to files downloaded from the internet - if it seems suspicious it probably is, invest in antivirus and keep it up to date, back up your computer regularly, run scans regularly, etc. As another commenter mentioned, I'm sure the attacker would be easy to find since that payment information has to be routed and deposited somewhere - I wonder if there is a punishment if convicted...would it depend on the country of origin or how would it be tried under international law?
klloyd6at October 06,2015 I found this video very insightful, as one of many people across the country who doesn't know much about ransomware this is pretty frightening to see. Criminals acts like this I'm sure are extremely prevalent and easy to accomplish as many people aren't knowledgeable on what exactly is occurring on their systems. Though I think I am a bit confused on what can someone not highly trained in computers do to combat this issue and how can these people be tracked down that are implementing these viruses' on innocent people?
bmanahan188at October 10,2015 Very interesting to see this method in action used by malware. Really seems to be banking on people panicking at the idea of losing files important to them. It is very bad news that once the virus has run it's not bluffing about encrypting your files. I’m curious as to if files are always unencrypted if people actually pay the ransom. I could very much see this moving to mobile devices.