In response to the news that the Bart and PowerWare ransomware variants have been taken down by white hat security experts, Mark James, security specialist at ESET commented below.
Mark James, Security Specialist at ESET:
“Sadly ransomware has such a large media footprint that virtually any incarnation of it will trick users into paying the ransom. We read so many stories of the devastation caused by these variants that some people won’t even look to see if its badly written or even if free decoders are available.
There is a good chance that these poorly written versions will see changes and or variants created and will be back doing the rounds to haunt its victims. Malware writers ideally want as much reward from as little effort as possible, often the scare tactic is the initial impact and ransomware does that very well, some people may not check how good or well written it is before paying the money if that’s their seemingly only choice.”