New Ransomware Ransoms Web Sites

Oh eww. There’s apparently a new kind of ransomware that holds entire sites for ransom. “This latest criminal innovation, innocuously dubbed ‘Linux.Encoder.1’ by Russian antivirus and security firm Dr.Web, targets sites powered by the Linux operating system….Typically, the malware is injected into Web sites via known vulnerabilities in site plugins or third-party software — such shopping cart programs. Once on a host machine, the malware will encrypt all of the files in the ‘home’ directories on the system, as well backup directories and most of the system folders typically associated with Web site files, images, pages, code libraries and scripts.”

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