As if ransomware wasn’t bad enough, there is a new twist called doxware. The term "doxware" is a combination of doxing — posting hacked personal information online — and ransomware. Attackers notify victims that their sensitive, confidential or personal files will be released online. If contact lists are also stolen, the perpetrators may threaten to release information to the lists or send them links to the online content.
One of the earliest doxware attacks, Ransoc, informed victims that files violating intellectual property rights or files containing child pornography were present on their computers; unless the victim remitted a payment, the authorities would be notified and the victim would be incarcerated. With access to more devices, attackers could refine doxware attacks that make it cost-effective to target individuals on a massive scale.
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