Ransomware is a type of malware that in some form or another encrypts files on the victim’s computer and then asks for money before it will provide the key to decrypt the file. Ransom32 provides a time period within which the ransom must be paid; if it is not paid, the key will be deleted and the files will be irretrievable. Ransomware is easy to distribute, wreaks havoc on many systems at once, and does not require much maintenance from the distributor. According to the folks at EMSISoft, ransomware is one of the biggest rising threats to Internet security in the past year.
Once unpacked and established, Ransom32 begins to encrypt files. Ransom32 currently targets only the Windows system, but since NW.js can compile applications that run on any system, experts believe that this malware could be easily modified to target Linux or Mac OS X in the future.
Node is a great tool and is allowing developers to create applications at record speed; whether those applications bring good or ill is up to us.