Use Of Pirated Software Is Causing Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware threats are on the rise and seems to be taking over the traditional malware. Earlier viruses are most likely used for redirecting traffic, showing ads, stealing user data and deleting their files for fun. With increase in dimension of payment opportunities through cryptocurrency there are completely untraceable form of money in which hackers can demand ransom from victims in BitCoin, Monero, LiteCoin and several others. Malware creators are more driven to use file encrypting malware to get leverage on victims and make profit. Spreading Ransomware is same as other threats but there is more chances of profit in this type infection.
Piracy has always been of the most successful method of spreading malware. Users are always looking for free software and games which gives hackers opportunity to make their move. Ransomware increases the dimension of monetization for malware creators, so as the use of pirated software play vital role in the distribution. As we all know that various hacktool and Trojan viruses are used for cracking the paid software. Installing such illegal programs on computer often requires to disable the firewall and anti-virus programs. The interesting part is users willing disable all the defenses because they don’t want their system to block those pirated software. If you install any cracked program on your system, then it create a backdoor on your machine which can be easily accessed later on for dropping other threats and malware.
Most of the people might argue that primary vectors of distributing Ransomware infection is spam email containing malicious attachments or links that redirect browser on phishing websites. It does not mean that piracy is not harmful or it could not be used to spread malware. In fact, a pirated or cracked software is a piece of malware itself. It can resist the detection of anti-virus but at the same time give you access to proprietary material without purchasing. So a program which can fool the Windows OS and the software company, it is hardly difficult for it to drop a ransomware on your system. It can provide the remote access of your system to hackers and expose your privacy. So you still think that pirated software cannot bring Ransomware on your computer.
Another very disturbing fact about Ransomware is, most of the malware creators launch several versions of the malware with different names and extension. One of the most common example is STOP/Djvu Ransomware family which has already launched more than 200 versions of the malware. It use random installers to get inside the targeted computer. After a thorough analysis of the malware, we have found that it has infected more computers that several other Ransomware family combined. It uses whatever means available to infect the targeted machine and pirated software is one of the main source.
So as you can understand, using pirated can bring ransomware virus on your computer. If you look on Internet, you can find almost all types of cracked software and games. People are also asking and distributing links for the pirated software on big platform like YouTube. Most of the tech channel offers the link for cracked programs just to get more like, shares and subscriptions. They are clearly spreading malware and the fun part is people are begging for it. Most of the people even use pirated Windows which makes it very for hackers to target their computers. This why thy the ratio of malware attack on Windows OS is much higher than Mac. It is not so easy to pirate Mac OS and other applications on Mac, so they are safe.
If you want to avoid getting attacked by dangerous threats and malware including Ransomware. You can stop all the future malware attacks just by following some safety rule. Do not download cracked software or illegal patches. Avoid visiting malicious sites such as porn or torrent. Always keep your anti-virus and Windows updated. Never download free third party programs from any shady websites. Do not install any application on your system that ask you to disable your anti-virus or firewall security. Keep backup of your important files on any external hard drive or cloud storage in case of any ransomware attack. Create restore points on your system for security purposes.