Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a user’s data and prevents them from accessing their personal files until they pay the hacker for their files back. Sometimes users are requested to pay hundreds of dollars in order to receive a decryption key. Usually, ransomware is transmitted through infected email links, malicious websites or popup messages.
Recently, security researchers at Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. have discovered a new malware attack method, called ImageGate. Since users typically spend a lot of time on social media and they trust them as safe websites, hackers have discovered a way to bypass security controls of social media networks and have developed their focus into hacking these platforms.