Explore early uses of ransomware, which predates the internet and email. Learn about one pioneering example that occurred in 1989, where attackers circulated ransomware via a floppy disk using snail mail.
- [Instructor] When we think of ransomware,…we think this is a new threat.…However, ransomware has been around…in different variations for decades.…One pioneering example of ransomware occurred in 1989,…before email and even the internet.…Attackers circulated the ransomware…via a floppy disk using snail mail.…The ransomware took advantage of the health scare AIDS.…Attackers were capitalizing on current events…and resultant mass hysteria at the time…and specifically those searching for information…on HIV/AIDS.…
20,000 floppy disks were mailed to 90 countries in late 1989…that included a questionnaire…that would help the victim…determine the likelihood of contracting AIDS.…Once activated, the program would encrypt the user's files.…The attackers would provide the decryption key…if the victim sent a payment of $189…to a post office box in Panama.…
The variant became known as the AIDS Trojan…which at the time was very effective…as antivirus was in its infancy.…We can see an old school image here.…In the upper left-hand corner is the introduction.…
- How ransomware works
- Types of ransomware
- Safeguarding Windows
- Securing your router
- Updating software and operating systems
- Spam, phishing, and spoofing
- Reporting ransomware
Skill Level Beginner
Ransomware: Practical Reverse Engineeringwith Malcolm Shore1h 22m Intermediate
Malware: Defense and Responsewith Scott M Burrell40m 46s Intermediate
Windows Performance Toolkit: Malware Analysiswith Thomas Pantels1h 4m Intermediate
1. Ransomware Overview
2. Types of Ransomware
3. Safeguarding Windows
4. Good Practice
Next steps1m 25s
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