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Shark Ransomware-as-a-Service: A real threat, a scam, or both?

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2016
Shark Ransomware-as-a-Service: A real threat, a scam, or both?

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A new Ransomware-as-a-Service project has sprung up, and the “service providers” are allowing others to use it for free, but take a 20 percent cut out of every ransom that gets paid by the victims. The ransomware is called Shark.

According to security researcher David Montenegro and Bleeping Computer, the project’s site is accessible to anyone who knows the address, and not just to Tor users. It’s a simple WordPress site, from where would-be criminals can download a .zip file containing the ransomware configuration builder (Payload Builder.exe), a warning note (Readme.txt), and the ransomware executable (Shark.exe).

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