RedBoot: A new ransomware that can encrypt and repartition your hard drive-permanently

Haythem Elmir

A newly discovered ransomware called RedBoot is one of the most dangerous yet. Not only does it encrypt files, it also alters the partition table and the master boot record (MBR) to cause what seems to be permanent damage.

Early research into RedBoot hasn’t turned up a command and control server, nor are ransomers asking for Bitcoin payment. Those facts, along with what looks to be irreparable encryption, is leading some to believe RedBoot is just designed to do damage

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