A new type of ransomware called Piwiwiktotam, also known as Piwit, has been cropping up in India.
It has also hit the United States.
Piwiks are malware that are written by cybercriminals and used to steal data from victims.
It is also a highly sophisticated ransomware that encrypts and stores the files on the victim’s computer.
PiwiKotam is also the first ransomware that has been found in India, said Anuj Mishra, managing director of cybercrime firm Verisign India.
It was first detected in India last year and is being spread by a group called Piyunet.
The cybercrimb is now active in about 300 districts in the country, including in the city of Kolkata, he said.
It has infected over 4,500 computers, according to data from security firm Checkpoint.
The infection rates are similar to other ransomware infections reported in the past few months.
In September, Piwilax, another variant of Piwiram, was found in the United Kingdom.
It had been identified by a British cybersecurity firm called Kaspersky Lab and its name was later changed to Piwivi.
In October, another ransomware called Vyst, found in Poland, was detected in China.
It was dubbed a variant of the Piwiq, another version of Piyuq.
Both Piwij and Piwis were identified as the first variant to be found in an Indian cybercrime landscape.
In December, Piyit was found to be the first one to be discovered in India in April.
In its announcement, VerisIGN India said Piwihotam and Piyiram are variants of a common ransomware called Sowjet, which was detected by security firm Malwarebytes India.
Malwarebytes says Piwiz, a variant that encrypting files and forcing victims to pay a ransom, is the most sophisticated ransomware to be detected in the world.
Malicious cybercrims in India have been exploiting weaknesses in the crypto-currency Bitcoin, which is used to buy and sell goods, to launch ransomware attacks against victims.
Bitcoins are used by most people in the cyber-economy, but cybercrimbers have also targeted banks and retailers.
The ransomware has been targeted against banks, and a few retailers have been hit.
The ransomware attacks are designed to force victims to accept payment in Bitcoins, which are a digital currency that can be transferred via a website.
Bitcoin can be used to make transactions in almost every aspect of life, including online purchases and payments.
Ransomware attacks are difficult to detect.
A ransomware infection is more likely if it is distributed by a cybercriminal group that is known to be highly organized, as was the case with Piwitt.
But it is also possible for cybercrimbs to create a ransomware variant, said Mishra.