Alert : Jigsaw ransomware deletes your files unless you pay – Decrypted tool available

jigsawA 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. The good news is that a method has been discovered that allows victims to decrypt their files for free.

Full article, tool and instructions for removal can be read here

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This is one of the first ransomware to actually start deleting files from a system, not simply encrypting them. It is great news that the community has gotten together to analyze, inspect and find a way to save peoples files.

It also highlights the importance of keeping secure backups of your data in-case infections like this hit your computer/business to be able to recover.

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