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Keeping your guard up: Python-based ransomware attacks

Earlier this year, researchers at Sophos identified a new variety of ransomware that was written in the Python programming language. The attack targeted VMware ESXi-hosted Virtual Machines (VM), encrypting the virtual disks and taking them all offline.

Interestingly, the ransomware discovered is unusually fast-acting and has the potential to encrypt user data in just a matter of hours. In fact, in the case discovered by the Sophos researchers, the attack took just three hours.

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