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“RansomWeb” Hacker Attack Targeted Websites

“RansomWeb” Hacker Attack Targeted Websites

Added: Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Ransomware is known as malware that hacks and locks a computer and demands money to unblock it. Now this kind of malware has moved to the Internet following a spate of attacks crippling websites by changing the encryption keys required to keep a site running.

The security companies pointed at new attacks, dubbed “RansomWeb”, where hackers break into the site, take control of a website’s encryption system used for securing or backing up information, and change the encryption keys. In other words, it can be compared to burglars breaking into a house, changing all the locks and making it impossible for the owners to get back in. After the encryption key is changed, the site is rendered inoperable, because it can’t access essential data or code anymore.

The security experts admitted they were facing a new emerging threat for sites that may outshine defacements and DDoS attacks. These new ransom attacks might have caused unrepairable damage, while being quite difficult to prevent.

A couple months ago, some company was reportedly held to ransom after a critical online app was taken offline via the attack. The hackers had broken into the servers that ran the web app 6 months prior, waiting until some essential data had been encrypted and the security key stored on a protected remote server. Once this happened, the hackers removed the key from the server, breaking the application, and sent a ransom demand to the victim to decrypt the important data and restore the service.

Unfortunately, today hackers rarely attack websites for glory or fun ¬– now they are seeking for financial profit. The victims may expect web blackmailing, racket and chantage. The hackers also have a great opportunity to profit from exploiting negligent website administrators. The ransom attacks are difficult to prevent because most of the web apps are very complex and their state is constantly changing. In fact, the only way to detect such attempts would be to constantly track the file changes within the code and databases. Nowadays, there are tens of millions of vulnerable web apps with essential data out there. Of course, hackers won’t miss such a great opportunity.

In fact, “ransomware” attacks are not an entirely new phenomenon. Hackers have been targeting people and businesses for a while now, often via emails. Back in 2013, the National Crime Agency warned about a series of emails claiming to come from banks and financial institutions, which contained malware that could encrypt a user’s hard drive and hold it for a ransom. Then Cryptolocker came in the middle of 2014, which was giving people targeted by the ransomware a 14-days window to clean the malware from their systems.

Security experts admit that the ransomware targeting the website was not really unexpected. They pointed out that it was just a matter of time, because more and more important corporate data is nw stored in the cloud.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-02-20 00:58:39)
Embolism avatarOne could argue that with independents working for the corporations charging 100,000`s of dollars to some poor out of work slob for downloading a piece of music or a film they could`nt otherwise afford that they deserve a little of their own medicine and it could also be argued that they can afford it from the billions of dollars the industry rakes in each year from those they charge exorbitant fee`s for cable too and tens of pounds for a 5p CD with a couple of good tracks on it or corporations like MS who charge almost 300 GBP for an operating system that has to be updated and patched from day 1 and which they never really own or have any rights to,the point is corporate America has robbed blind it`s citizens for years and a few of the computer literate ones are taking some back especially in light of the fining BS of the media companies agents who have been known to do the very same thing to end users to get payment for alleged activities which have led to their IP address,let him who is without sin throw the first stone and assuredly it will not be the media companies,ISP`s or those multi-national corporations that control our lives and police our thoughts.All said and done if they are`nt grey hatters picking on the illiterate end users and are targeting the Man I for one won`t lose any sleep.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-02-20 07:02:08)
analogkid6103 avatarBut as I recall all things roll downhill and are heaped upon the end user.
It would be nice if that were no longer true.

posted by Kitty (2015-02-20 10:46:03)
Crash1 avatar@Embolism ... The hackers who are attacking online apps ARE attacking the end users ... you know ... the ones who PAID for the app and can no longer use it?
If they were only attacking corporate data then I'd agree with you, but when they start attacking online subscription servers (that require an end-user to purchase an App or a Subscription to use) then they're committing several hundred or thousand crimes of Fraud with each attack.

posted by (2015-02-20 18:43:05)
cggc avatar...and it's not like just backup web hosting like any computer os to recovery and start again and get all without problems. can be important data files to erase all and start with new password in your hard drive or cloud can be just for tech-support from any backup service hostings so it's dangerous any hack attack because nobody can decipher how to restore again without problems. according in any attack servers don't backup data again and all be obsolete if it true so I can find how hackers mess from roots to target websites just for be fun making money from who sent to do that.

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