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Top Story: New ransomware targets 200,000 retailers - hackers demand you pay hundreds

Top Story: New ransomware targets 200,000 retailers - hackers demand you pay hundreds
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We've told you about hackers using ransomware to take down hospitals, cities, companies and individual computer users. Not content with those achievements, some hackers have now turned their attention to shopping websites.

Security experts from the MalwareHunterTeam are sounding the alarm on a new ransomware called KimcilWare that targets the popular Magento e-commerce system. How the ransomware breaks into Magento is still unclear, but it encrypts the entire shop and replaces the site home page with a ransom note.

According to MalwareHunterTeam, this attack has happened at least 10 times, although Magento says it's only aware of four incidents. The cost to recover the sites has ranged from $140 to $415. Magento says it is continuing to assess the situation and recommends that anyone using Magento should install the latest patches.

Fortunately, the KimcilWare virus only targets online servers and doesn't attack visitors to the compromised site. So, if you see this ransomware note while visiting an online shop, simply go somewhere else.

While this particular attack doesn't affect most computer users, it's a good reminder that plenty of ransomware will attack your computer, so you need to take steps to protect your digital life.

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