For the first time ever, cybersecurity researchers are seeing instances where ransomware is being bundled together with bots in order to turn computers into zombies that can send malicious Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. So if victims are refusing to pay to decrypt their files, cybercriminals have found another way to make trouble. According to researchers from enterprise security software firm Invincea, attackers have modified the existing Cerber ransomware so now, not only does it hold a victim’s files and PC hostage, but the new malware variant also quietly starts sending out a huge amount of network traffic from the infected PC.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: International Business Times