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Watch out for this new cryptocurrency ransomware stalking the web

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Researchers have discovered “Anatova,” a brand new family of cryptocurrency-fuelled ransomware, and they warn it has the potential to become outright dangerous.

Cybersecurity firm McAfee explained Anatova hides in seemingly innocuous icon files – usually the same popular games or applications – in order to fool the user into downloading the malware.

Once run, it automatically requests admin rights and begins encrypting as many files as possible, as quickly as possible. Anatova then demands a ransom from the victim.

In this case, the hackers want payment in fledgling cryptocurrency DASH – currently worth around $700.

Analysts also revealed they had detected over 100 instances of the Anatova running in the US already. Belgium, Germany, and France are also hosting a sizable number of infections.

Watch out for this new cryptocurrency ransomware stalking the web