Bitcoin Cash – unaffectionately called “Bcash” or “Btrash” by opponents – is a controversial cryptocurrency which was forked off Bitcoin on August 1, 2017, as a result of disagreements over how to solve the dominant cryptocurrency’s scalability problem. Many Bitcoin supporters see its forked step-brother as little more than an attempt by Roger Ver, Calvin Ayre, and others to co-opt the Bitcoin brand for their own gain.
Less surprisingly, Thanatos also accepts both Bitcoin and Ethereum as a ransom payment.
As an aside, the controversial online index of digital content, entertainment media, and software known as The Pirate Bay also accepts donations in the form of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero — but simply supplies the message “Bcash. LOL” in place of a Bitcoin Cash deposit address.
Who will protect us from Ransomware?
In order to protect yourself from having your files maliciously encrypted, it’s important to both practice safe surfing and take advantage of legitimate security software.
Additionally, having a backup plan is never a bad idea, so make sure your files are all properly backed up and ready to be used in the event a restoration is required.
Furthermore, never open files or attachments if you do not know what they are or who sent them. If the attachment looks sketchy, it probably is – even if you do know who sent it. When in doubt, scan it with a proper virus scanning tool.
Finally, keep your computer and software up to date with the latest security patches, and make sure all of your passwords are both different and tough to crack.