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New ransomware encrypts your whole hard drive

New ransomware encrypts your whole hard drive
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We've been telling you that the number of ransomware attacks has been increasing for quite some time now. Not only are they more abundant but they are also getting nastier.

Ransomware has become such a major problem, the FBI is asking for your help to stop the scammers. Now, the most dangerous strain of ransomware ever has been discovered.

Researchers have found malware named Mamba on computers in the U.S., Brazil and India. What makes this worse than previous forms of ransomware is it doesn't encrypt individual files, instead it encrypts the computer's entire hard drive.

It's similar to ransomware that we warned you about earlier this year called Petya, which targets computers at the disk level. Petya would encrypt the Master File Table on the computers it infected. The difference here is Mamba locks up compromised hard drives using an open source disk encryption tool called DiskCryptor.

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.

Next page: Find out how Mamba works
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