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TorrentLocker ransom rampage encrypts 285 million files and counting

John E Dunn | Dec. 18, 2014
Slovakian security wizards ESET have delved deep into the guts of the TorrentLocker ransom malware and pulled out some interesting details of its destructive life story starting with the number of files it has encrypted – a misery-inducing 285 million to date.

As for the UK, ESET's figures show that at least 2,300 PCs were infected with TorrentLocker, with "up to" 210 people paying up (probably far fewer - this is a maximum) and just under 30 million encrypted files locked up, many probably belonging to small businesses. The average ransom demanded was the Bitcoin equivalent of between £400 and £650.


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