Security researchers Intezer and IBM X-Force have identified a new ransomware that is seriously vicious. It’s PureLocker—named because it is programmed in PureBasic language, which is apparently unusual.
The scary thing about this ransomware being written in PureBasic programming language is that it can target different platforms and is transferable between different operating systems, including Windows, Linux and OS-X.
Currently, ransomware attacks are being launched against servers for cryptocurrency ransom. Although it is unknown how many victims have been attacked by PureLocker, the researchers have confirmed that the ransomware campaign is active, with PureLocker being offered to attackers as a service, and is being used by known cyber criminals.
It is believed that PureLocker is being launched through phishing campaigns. Big surprise there.