Ransomware: Cybercriminals are adding a new twist to their demands

Ransomware: Cybercriminals are adding a new twist to their demands

by Liam Tung, ZDNet

Pay the ransom or we’ll leak your data is the latest trend, warns cybersecurity company.

Ransomware could be getting even nastier: a security firm is warning over a new trend among some ransomware attackers to not just encrypt data, but steal some of it and use it as leverage to ensure a target pays up. 

In several recent cases it has been reported that the ransomware gang have not just encrypted data but also threatened to leak the data, too. Emsisoft says these attacks elevate the ransomware threat “to crisis level” and called on government organizations to immediately improve their security.     

“If they do not, it is likely that similar incidents will also result in the extremely sensitive information which governments hold being stolen and leaked,” the cybersecurity company said. 

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