A new ransomware, called Ransom32, appeared recently. When this type of malware infects a machine, it encrypts the data on the hard disk. In the vast majority of cases, the only way of recovering the data is to pay a ransom to the hackers who control the ransomware.
In principle, classic malware…
This type of malware is referred to as “Ransomware as a Service” (RaaS), a name derived from the term “Software as a Service”.
The hackers offer other wrongdoers a piece of malware and an infrastructure of Command & Control servers which is already in existence. An individual wishing to use the service simply needs to download the malware and distribute it with his own phishing campaign. If victims whose machines are infected pay the ransom, the funds go directly to the original administrators of the malware, who then pass on a percentage to the pirates who infected the machines.