Ransomware: Next-Generation Fake Antivirus

Ransomware may often be compared to fake antivirus in the way it operates and the motivation behind it. However, fake antivirus plays on the security fears and calls for the user to take actions in self-preservation, whereas ransomware works either as extortion or punishment. This paper describes in detail our findings about the motivations, strategies and techniques utilized in creating and propagating ransomware.

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