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What is Doxware Ransomware?

Author: Gary Fleming
Topics: Email Security, Ransomware

Doxware is the latest variant of ransomware and it is the most terrifying form of animated_hacker.jpgmalware we have come across to date. Doxxing is the online practice of researching and broadcasting identifiable information (e.g. name, address, telephone number, social security number, etc.) of individuals or organisations. When Doxxing and ransomware are combined, this lethal combination is referred to as Doxware.

Not only will Doxware encrypt the victims file, it also collects their personal files, uploads these files to a server and threatens to make these files publicly available if the ransom fee is not paid within a short time frame. More worryingly, the cyber criminals may have permanent access to your personal data and can demand a ransom more than once. Even if you do give in to blackmail, there is no guarantee that the files they have copied will be deleted. 

The threat of ransomware continues to grow due to the fact that it is extremely effective and profitable, with little risk of being reprimanded for the offence.  Despite many high profile ransomware cases, there has been no known arrests of someone deploying ransomware. To avoid ransomware attacks, ensure all systems and software is up to date and protect your network with as many layers of security as your budget will allow.

For more information on how to protect your network from Ransomware, contact us.