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Ransomware history – brief guide

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Ransomware attacks are not a fake threat – they are real and increasing day by day. The below insights on ransomware history can help you understand the evolution of its delivery and extortion strategies and be better prepared in case you become the victim of an attack.

Ransomware, locker or crypto-malware, has been around for a long time — decades in fact. Originally, ransomware was an annoyance and a con-trick, but today’s ransomware is considerably different and presents much more of a sophisticated threat to systems and users.

We believe that the ground zero for the ransomware history is the 1989 AIDS Trojan, also known as the PC Cyborg Trojan, developed by Dr. Joseph Popp, an evolutionary biologist. This first-generation ransomware was unsophisticated and easily defeated. It was delivered via diskettes, the original form of removable storage If you’re too young to know what a diskette was. The ransomware was used at the WHO AIDS conference in Montreal — 20,000 copies in total. Popp’s malware hid files in the victim’s computer and encrypted the file names before demanding (or extorting) $189 for a repair tool.

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Via the fine folks at Veeam.

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