FBI warns against virulent strain of ransomware

The FBI is analyzing the ransomware variant known as MSIL/Samas and is asking U.S. security firms for help, according to a BBC News report.

MSIL/Samas ransomware is designed to encrypt entire networks rather than single devices, according to the report. The group behind this strain of ransomware is using the security program Jexboss to identify networks with vulnerable versions of JBoss software.

Reuters obtained a confidential advisory in which the FBI discusses the rapidly escalating threat of ransomware, according to the report.

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