New Type of Ransomware Grabs Data from Google Maps


A new strain of ransomware called “Cry” or “Cry Locker” encrypts data with its .cryextension harvesting your location data from Google Maps and pasting it as an image onto

Security researchers say that one of the reasons hackers are using these tactics is to hide their location and identities. It is another step in their smoke-and-mirrors strategy in case they have to change their C&C IP addresses. A PNG file containing the victim’s information is uploaded to an Imgur account each time a new victim is infected. This image gets a unique file name and is broadcast to the 4096 IP addresses it uses (hidden among these IPs is the real C&C server). This way a record of the victim will always be accessible.

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