There's talk at Wilder's Security Forum of a new Ransomeware which is spreading by P2P networks. This Ransomeware is able to flash your bios, but it is not known at this time the changes it is making to the bios. One user which has already fallen victim to this malware says replacing your hard drive will not remove the threat. Zfactor at Wilders is trying to obatain a sample which compromised a friends computer. The victim says he has scanned his computer with norton, eset, avira, avast, dr web, bitdefender, webroot, gdata, fsecure, panda, avg, emsisoft, vipre, mcafee, comodo, ikarus, kaspersky, trend, fortinet among others , and none of them have detected the threat. The victim of this threat says he still has not been able to remove the threat even after replacing the hard drive. He says he is going to replace the memory next which I myself do not think will help from the sound of it. The Ransomewear has him locked out of the bios. I think as we find out more about this threat that it's complexity will be comparible to Stuxnet even though they are totally two different types of malware. I difinitely do not want to have to deal with removing this one. Look at post 4, and 14 of this thread for more information http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=2247738#post2247738
Is Webroot's Threat Research Group aware of any new Ransomeware or variants that are spreading by P2P Networks that is causing such damage? Has Webroot obtained any samples, or has anything appeared in the cloud yet that sounds like what the victim mentioned above has been infected with? The victim believe's he got it torrenting. He says none of the AV companies are currently detecting this threat. He is currently using Bitdefender. This one will cause major financial losses if it becomes wide spread. Can you imagine the damage it will cause if it spreads to Small Busineses- Medium size Businesses, Corporate, and Government networks!?
Edited @ 1933 6/30/2013: By the way nothing has been confirmed yet. The only cases I have heard of at this time are the two users in the Widler's thread which the link above leads to.