Cyber-criminals Offer Christmas Ransomware Discount

Cyber-criminals appear to be getting into the Christmas spirit, with one group offering ransomware victims who intend to pay a festive discount of more than half the original cost.

Security vendor Forcepoint spotted the seasonal campaign from the black hats behind the CryptXXX ransomware variant.

Whereas the group typically charges victims 1.2 Bitcoin ($1040) to get their files back, the special Christmas price is now 0.5 Bitcoin ($433).

The new pop-up window apparently displays once the user has decided to pay up and clicks through to one of the Tor-based payment sites.

CryptXXX is one of the few ransomware families that security researchers have had success with, releasing a decryptor tool for it back in May.

However, that effort and a second tool were both rendered useless by new versions of the ransomware developed to circumvent these efforts.

In the meantime, ransomware continues to cause businesses and consumers chaos and

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