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Security Alert! Next-generation ransomware is here and it's even scarier

Security Alert! Next-generation ransomware is here and it's even scarier
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Ransomware is turning into the largest security threat of 2016 with individuals, hospitals and even cities being hit. Listen to Kim's free podcast about ransomware to hear her take on this rapidly growing threat. Even worse, hackers are continuing to make ransomware more dangerous.

For example, TeslaCrypt was a popular ransomware that security researchers found a way to beat. Then the hackers behind it made some tweaks and now it's impossible to undo once it runs. And hackers are coming up with even more powerful ransomware versions.

The next revolution in ransomware is called Petya. Regular ransomware finds and encrypts your important files, such as documents and photos. However, you still have access to your computer, meaning you can wipe it and start over if you need to. Regular ransomware can even miss important files sometimes.

Petya encrypts your computer's Master File Table, which is the record of where every file is located on the hard drive. Without the Master File Table, every file on your hard drive is just a scattering of ones and zeros. It also infects your Master Boot Record, meaning Windows won't even start.

Fortunately, you can beat Petya if you know how it works.

Next page: How Petya works and what you can do to stay safe
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