All these days we have seen Ransomware locking down access to systems through encryption until a ransom is paid. However, security analysts have discovered a new kind of malware named ‘Jackware’ that is 10 times more dangerous than the usual file-encrypting malware aka Ransomware.
Going by the details, we are nowadays using many connecting devices that have tiny computers installed in them such as cars, smart doors, smart appliances, security cameras, healthcare-related devices such as a BP monitoring unit, and whatnot.
As all these systems have embedded devices they are naturally vulnerable to malware and that is a fact.
Thus, Jackware ransomware is a new type of malware that hijacks a physical device instead of a computing machine. Specifically speaking, the said malware targets embedded systems that can lead to serious physical consequences- like locking up a car or a device.
So, Jackware attacks on such systems could lead to disruption of critical services and supplies causing permanent physical damage to systems and could put the lives of people into deep trouble.
For instance, imagine if the malware disrupts an electronics control unit in a car causing the brakes to malfunction or prevent a vehicle engine from taking off.
Thence the danger bells are ringing and its better if the technology building companies come up with a solution.
Otherwise, we could see more attacks such as the one witnessed in 2016 where those behind the Mirai Botnet attack on IoT devices succeeded in taking control of over 600,000 devices.
Remember, jackware is now less than a myth and more of a certainty, and it’s better we wake up before it’s too late.