Ransomware is on the rise, much due to new ransom-paying opportunities via Bitcoin.
Has there been a reported increased risk of ransomware in pirated software (i.e. so called “warez”) – outside of the so called “scene” verified releases – in public BitTorrent trackers and P2P?
Ransomware adds new dimension of monetization for the malware-maker. As compared to previous infection motives (like adding the infected computer to a botnet, scraping personal data, or just deleting your stuff for fun), does this new opportunity for monetization increase the likelihood of pirated software hurting infected users to a higher degree?
It is my understanding that most ransomware implementations usually builds on a few “ransomwares” such as CryptoLocker, KeRanger and others. Since ransomware implementations then are built on the same foundations, are they identifiable by standard antivirus suites usually used by average users – or are the implementations modified in such a way that they pass detection?
In short, bottom-line: Is it advisable for the average user to avoid pirated software, even if they use antivirus protection, due to these new circumstances? This is of course notwithstanding the legal and ethical implications of using pirated software.