If you are in the know you can amend privileges and get access again, but the app is constantly running multiple times and is constantly changing them back.
From the information I know, it calls home when connected to the net, and will record any keystrokes you make also.
Basically it comes down to people's greed and that is why they get infected with it.
I know it says it crypts saves, but from what I have heard .exe files also.
[Edited by DABhand, 3/15/2015 9:27:04 AM]
The article says the user will only get an unlock key after paying a ransom of at least $500 (£340) in Bitcoins.
Ironically enough, I saw where the Bitcom phenomena is over with now, ever since several million were discovered missing.
People have more fun than anybody.
The actual payload itself is a standard encryption and demand payment of $1000 USD or 500 Bt Coins for a "promise" of the decryption key.
I can't really see many people paying the randsome though (probably why the price is very high). I know some people will be mad over losing a save but I don't see many people valuing them at $1000+
[Edited by Neo7, 3/15/2015 11:48:49 AM]
So from reading the attached link, if I use a script blocker on my browser (Adblock plus), ensure everything is up to date (OS and AV), and use good internet practices, I should be okay?
Pretty much, especially the "good internet practices part", most importantly, keep Brain.exe constantly updated to the newest version. It's the best security measure you have, especially when handling files on the Internet.
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