Of Hacks & Keyloggers – Part 1

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Of Hacks & Keyloggers…!!! “I don’t know what happened!; I don’t remember visiting any dodgy websites, downloading any weird apps, opening any suspicious emails or attachments, let alone links!, why I am receiving these sms & email notifications from my Bank!?!?” Sounds familiar right? Come to think of it, in most cases the unsuspecting victim is being honest. That being said, I just remembered something; a previous write up revolving around one of the methods used to carry out this type of attack. It can happen to anyone, in fact I was once a victim!

 

 

What is a keylogger? 

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CryptoLocker Ransomware

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Since the discovery of the unforgiving CryptoLocker ransomware in the wild late last year, sometime in September 2012, the Internet has been gripped by one kind of a mysterious and malicious program! But what is ransomware? What is CryptoLocker really capable of? Before I explain any further, we need to understand that this deadly malware is spreading in the form of spam emails. The spam emails appear to be coming from financial institutions and contain attachments which in actual fact is the CryptoLocker ransomware.

Ransomware comprises, I quote from Wikipedia a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed.” Assuming the spam email recipient opens the attachment, the CryptoLocker immediately

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