A new ransomware is hijacking Windows BitLocker to encrypt and steal files

Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a new ransomware strain that abuses Windows BitLocker to lock victims out of their devices.

As reported by BleepingComputer, Kaspersky dubbed the new ransomware ShrinkLocker because once it hits, it shrinks available non-boot partitions by 100 MB and creates new primary boot volumes of the same size. Then it uses BitLocker, a full disk encryption feature included with some versions of Microsoft Windows, to encrypt the files on the target endpoint. 

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