From March 2016 we’ve observed the evolution of an interesting low-level ransomware, Petya. Now, we are facing an outbreak of the fourth version – this time under a new name – Goldeneye, and, appropriately, a new, golden theme.
Memes are weird things, and weren’t always about lolcats or frogs or whatever the latest terrible image macro doing the rounds happens to be. I quite like this line from Wikipedia on said subject: Proponents theorise that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection…Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. The plot of The Ring is pretty much the concept of a meme made deadly – pass on this cursed videotape within 7 days, or you die horribly. How far will you go to save yourself? Well, our old friend 2016 is here to ask that question one more time, because Ransomware authors have decided to tweak their victim’s get out of jail method.
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