Ransomware keeps getting uglier by the day. Now comes a report from Germany of a new version of Ransomware that will overwrite the boot record of your computer. This version is called the Petya ransomware,
Up until now, most ransomware viruses were writing a highly secured password to files on the computer disk, blocking you from opening those files unless you pay the ransom.
But the Petya ransomware attacks the boot record. With a corrupt boot record, you will not be able to boot your computer at all!
According to anti-virus vendors, the Petya ransomware is being distributed through spam email that masquerades as job applications.
And if this is not enough to put you on your toes, consider that this Friday is April 1st!
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
Thanks to PCWord for their in depth article on the Petya ransomware!