Hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid to cyber criminals since 2013 as ransom to unlock encrypted files. One of the most notorious pieces of ransomware is known as Crypto Locker. Crypto Locker typically arrives in the form of an email link or attachment. Once the email recipient clicks the link or opens an attachment, the Crypto Locker virus is downloaded and begins to replicate itself on the network while encrypting files on the host.
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After stealing over 100 million customer email addresses from the likes of JPMorgan Chase & Co, E*Trade Financial Group, Scottrade Financial Services and Dow Jones & Co, thieves sent fraudulent email correspondence touting the value of penny stocks.
That correspondence had the effect of driving up the price of those stocks which the thieves had previously purchased at a low price. Once the stocks increased in value, the thieves sold their position and pocketed the profit. These hackers and their conspirators ...