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CryptoLocker copycat, TorrentLocker, discovered by researchers

August 20, 2014

Yet another clone of the nefarious ransomware CryptoLocker has been detected by security experts.

Researchers at iSIGHT Partners have discovered a new strain of ransomware they've dubbed “TorrentLocker,” that borrows some components from other ransomware, like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall, but is quite different at the code level, according to a recent blog post.

While the ransom message is similar to CryptoLocker's, and the ransom page closely resembles that of CryptoWall's, right now it seems only to be impacting Australian users, as the ransom being asked for by attackers is in Australian dollars and links included in the ransom message steer users to .au Bitcoin purchasing sites.

Researchers believe that the ransomware, which is primarily being spread via spam, is not being sold on underground forums at the moment. 

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