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New DMA Locker ransomware is ramping up for widespread attacks

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New version fixes known flaws and adopts new exploit kit-based distribution model

The TeslaCrypt creators called it quits recently, but unfortunately for users, there s a new ransomware program that s ready to take its place.

However, its authors have recently fixed all issues and malware researchers believe that with the newly released version 4, DMA Locker has reached maturity and might be the next thing to hit users in widespread attacks.

The new version, however, is distributed via Web-based drive-by download attacks that rely on exploit kits, meaning that a much bigger number of computers can potentially be affected.

That key is then encrypted with a public RSA key and gets appended to the beginning of the file.

Instead, DMA Locker has a list of extensions that it will not touch, encrypting everything else and potentially causing more damage.

Performing regular backups to locations that are only temporarily accessible from the computer, such as an USB hard disk drive that s only connected during backup operations, is very important.

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