The threat of malwares have been existing since the 1988-89, previously people were not connected to the internet the way they are now, the number of incidents of malware were very few as compared to what we see today. Ransomware is a form of malware which has existed since the very beginning but it rose to its glory in recent years. This paper talks about the importance of education and need of awareness among internet users against the recent threats that ransomware poses. The paper is aimed to understand the Ransomwares journey over the past decade. Static analysis is done on to understand the similarity and dissimilarity among ransomwares. Crypto-currency's contribution in ransomware and anonymity while transaction strengthens ransomwares dominance. Furthermore the paper gives an insight on why brute force is not the solution. The results obtained from our analysis helps to distinguish the different workings structures of ransomware and also new findings on the communication that ransomware establishes gives us sufficient data that can be useful to come-up with a better defence mechanism against ransomware and its spread. ©2006-2017 Asian Research Publishing Network (ARPN). All rights reserved.
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S. S. Ganorkar and Kandasamy, K., “Understanding and defending crypto-ransomware”, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, vol. 12, pp. 3920-3925, 2017.