JIGSAW RANSOMEWARE The most malicious virus ever written.
A new ransomware has been released that not only encrypts your files, but also deletes them if you take too long to make the ransom payment of $150 USD. The Jigsaw Ransomware, named after the iconic character that appears in the ransom note, will delete files every hour and each time the infection starts until you pay the ransom. At this time is currently unknown how this ransomware is distributed.
This is the first time that we have seen these types of threats actually being carried out by a ransomware infection.
It is not the first time that we have seen ransomware threaten to delete files, but this is the first time that one has actually carried out its threats. The Jigsaw Ransomware deletes files every 60 minutes and when the program is restarted.
Every hour, the Jigsaw Ransomware will delete a file on your computer and increment a counter. Over time this counter will cause more than one file to be deleted every hour.
More destructive, though, is the amount of files that are deleted every time the ransomware starts. After the initial infection, when the ransomware it restarted, whether that be from a reboot or terminating the process, Jigsaw will delete a thousand, yes a thousand, files from the victim's computer.
This process is very destructive and obviously being used to pressure the victim into paying the ransom.
Thanks to our good friends at Bleeping Computer for this info.
If you find yourself infected with this malicous program, contact us, for advice on removal.
Pete - Precision