A new ransomware hijacks Windows BitLocker to encrypt and steal files

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

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