A new ransomware is commandeering Windows BitLocker to cipher and pilfer files

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Cybersecurity experts have unveiled a new ransomware type that exploits Windows BitLocker to block access to their devices.

As noted by BleepingComputer, Kaspersky named the new ransomware ShrinkLocker because once it strikes, it reduces available non-boot partitions by 100 MB and creates new primary boot volumes of the same size. Subsequently, it utilizes BitLocker, a complete disk encryption feature included with certain editions of Microsoft Windows, to encode the files on the targeted endpoint. 

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