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Cybercrime, new Thanos ransomware version targets Middle East-North Africa

Palo Alto Networks: a new version of the Thanos ransomware has been used by cybercrime to attack targets in Middle East and North Africa

There is a new version of the Thanos ransomware, used by cybercrime to attack targets in Middle East and North Africa. It has been discovered by Palo Alto Networks cyber security experts. The variant created a text file that displayed a ransom message requesting the victim transfer “20,000$” into a specified Bitcoin wallet to restore the files on the system. The malware was also configured to overwrite the master boot record (MBR), an important component loaded on a system’s hard drive that is required for the computer to locate and load the operating system. It overwrites the MBR to display the same ransom message as the previously mentioned text file. Moreover, it contains network-spreading functionality enabled.

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