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Posted by Daniel Petrillo on March 24, 2021

Over 30 years ago, a disgruntled researcher unleashed the first noted ransomware virus, the “Aids Trojan.” Distributed on 20,000 floppy disks marked “AIDS Information — Introductory Diskettes'' using hijacked mail subscriber lists to the World Health Organization AIDS conference, the Aids Trojan encrypted hard drives and directed victims to post ransom money to a P.O. box located in Panama. However, the Aids Trojan had a design failure — it used simple symmetric cryptography, which meant that it was possible to extract the decryption key from the code of the Trojan. 

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