The Ransomware-as-a-Service Evolution Is Here, With Its Sights On Your Mainframe

“In 1989, a biologist and consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) named Joseph Popp assembled a mailing list of healthcare professionals and sent out thousands of 5.25-inch floppy disks.1 He claimed that the disks contained a comprehensive survey that would help determine a patient’s risk of contracting the AIDS virus, but each disk contained a virus of its own. The digital virus was programmed to remain hidden on the host computer for 89 boot procedures. On the 90th, the program would encrypt the filenames on the computer and a message would appear demanding a “license fee” from the user to get the files back. Ransomware was born.”

 

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