The ransomware storm ain’t gonna stop in 2017! Ransomware attacks are increasing rapidly and 2016 year saw 200% growth in the attacks. And with the kind of services created by hackers like Ranion RaaS, Ransomware is going to grow rapidly. It is believed that everyday, 4,000 attacks happen only in USA. With an intention to collect a ransom amount smoothly, Spora Ransowmare attackers are now providing 24/7 customer support with a very well-designed payment page!
Spora Ransomware Customer Support
Spora is making it’s name silently in the dark web! It’s capability to bluff users with Chrome Font Pack recently has made itself even dangerous. The working of recent Spora Ransomware is pretty simple. The hackers inject a code on a particular website and upon open that particular website on Chrome, it asks to change the browser font in order to see the page clearly.
In most of the cases, users prefer the install the Chrome Font Pack which is Spora Ransomware. This is the easiest way to bluff Chrome users and within no time Spora Ransomware will encrypt all the files in your system. And then, the ransom amount comes into play in the form of Bitcoin.
This is how the Spora Ransomware works and demands users for a ransom amount. 99% of the users are not familiar with these kinds of attacks and payment types. In order to process the payment smoothly, Spora Ransomware support for the victims carries out the work very smoothly.
According to the MalwareHunter researchers, they have spotted few conversations that are being discussed between the victims and Spora Ransomware support system. And the way the hackers are dealing looks like, they are pretty much experienced in handling a successful ransomware campaign.
There are few users who don’t have any idea about the payment type which is Bitcoin. The professional ransomware attackers have created a separate video to guide victims about all the basics of Bitcoin, how to buy them and how to pay the attackers online.
This clearly indicates that Spora Ransomware support is taking the online attacks to the next level by providing great customer support. By this, you can also analyze that Spora Ransomware attacks have been increasing rapidly in the past and the attackers are making it easier for victims to pay the ransom amount.
Spora Ransomware is slowly growing but it’s still not spreading as rapid as Cerber 3/4 Ransomware or Locky Ransomware. If we compare last week’s data, Cerber & Locky are the most infected ransomwares around the world!
To prevent the ransomware affecting your systems and encrypt your important data, I have listed many decryptor tools which might help you to remove ransomware from your system without paying any ransom amount to hackers.
For more updates on Ransomware, keep visiting our blog! Be safe! Do share this with your loved ones so that none of them would be infected with Spora Ransomware!
Ever heard of CryptoMix Ransomware? Being popular among the world of ransomware, it has been updated to CryptoShield Ransomware when Kafeine, a security researcher found it. As we all know, that a ransomware distributes data from different computers or distributed networks; CryptoShield 1.0 is one such ransomware spread using exploit kits.
The malware encrypts data after infiltration through the RSA-2018 cryptography and adds .CRYPTOSHIELD name to each file as an extension. Once the encryption is done, the data is created in two files in the form of #RESTORINGFILES #.TXT and #RESTORINGFILES #.HTML in a folder.
What is CRYPTOSHIELD Virus?
These both files contain the same message with the ransom demand identity saying that the files are encrypted using an RSA-20148 algorithm and to decrypt that data (similar to Locky Ransomware), you need a private key stored on the server controlled by the developers of CryptoShield ransomware. Therefore, you need to pay some ransom payment to receive the key as a victim by contacting the developers through email to get the instructions.
The payment cost is not confirmed yet, but it has been shown in the transactions that the cybercriminals demand around $1500 or less and that it should be paid in two days before it gets doubled. The victims are allowed to attach a file that needs to be decrypted to make sure that the developers can decrpyt the files before paying the amount.
However, as we all know that the cyber criminals can’t be trusted; the victims are often ignored after the payment is done and therefore it’s not safe to blindly trust them. There are no tools that are yet developed to decrypt the RSA-20148 cryptography and the only way one can solve this issue is by restoring the system/files by backing up the data.
How did CryptoShield Got into your Computer?
CryptoShield ransomware is very much alike other ransomware viruses and malware viruses say, Erebus, Samsam or Stan. This malware makes demands after encrypting the data. The two major differences you can find between CryptoShield and other ransom viruses is that the cost of decryption is touching the sky and the type of RSA-2048 Cryptography used (asymmetric).
The distribution methods, on the other hand, are simple and common through networks (Torrents, eMule), Third party sources (Free download sites, Free hosting sites), Trojans, Fake Software tools, Spam emails, P2P networks et.al. It has also been observed that there are many platforms such as Ranion RaaS that distributes the ransomware for educational purposes. Therefore, if you have important files, be careful while downloading files, opening spam mails and make sure that all your applications are updated from original sources.
In case if you come across a bug or flaw, immediately uninstall the program which created it and install it after employing a proper anti-virus/anti-spyware software.
Files Infected by CryptoShield Virus
CrytoShield Virus got a new update from CryptoMix and the files infected by this ransomware has increased in number as compared to CryptoMix & Cerber virus. Here’s the list of files that can be infected by CryptoShield Ransomware.
CryptoShield Ransomware has left no stone unturned. It has almost infected all types of files. If your system is infected with CryptoShield Virus, here’s the detailed procedure on how to remove CryptoShield Ransomware from your system.
How to Remove CryptoShield Ransomware?
To be frank, there are numerous ways to remove CryptoShield Ransomware but not all the methods work perfectly. The below given methods are tested by experts so that you can decrypt CryptoShield files without any hassles.
Opening computer in Safe Mode
Always start your computer in safe mode. This can be done while starting the computer and pressing F8 multiple times till you get the Windows Advanced Menu and then select Networking>Safe Mode from the menu. If you’re a Windows 8 or Windows 10 user, you can try pressing F5 during the starting process to open the computer in safe mode.
Use an ‘Anti-Spyware’ Tool
Do a System Restore
Another option of removing the virus is by restoring your system. During the start, press F8 multiple times and open the ‘Windows Advanced’ option.
Select ‘Safe Mode’ as mentioned above along with the ‘Command Prompt’ and click ‘Enter.’
Boot your computer to load the Command Prompt and enter ‘: cd restore: and press ‘Enter.’
Now type, “rstrui.exe” and press ‘Enter’. A window opens asking you to click on ‘Next.’
Select a restoration point to a particular earlier date and time before you thought that your computer is not infiltrated by the CryptoShield virus.
Run the system restore by selecting the specific point.
Now, download the Malware removal tool and scan the PC to eliminate any remaining data.
To restore the files that are affected or encrypted by the CryptoShield ransomware, you can use the Windows Previous Versions option.
This method is relatively effective if you have the System Restore function already enabled on the operating system.
But an important thing to notice is that the CryptoShield is designed in order to remove the shadow copies of many files and therefore, this option might not work very well with every computer.
You can also restore the file by right clicking it, access the ‘Properties’ and selecting the previous versions and click ‘Restore’ button to a relevant restoration point.
Using Shadow Explorer
If you can’t open the computer in Safe mode, you can try booting the computer using a backup disk as the ransomware can disable the safe mode making the removal of it, all the more complicated. To do this, you need another computer to use the Shadow Explorer and regain the files that are being encrypted.
Conclusion of CryptoShield Ransomware
That being said, there are many other reputable programs and tools that can guard your device against CryptoShield Ransomware by implanting artificial policy objects to block all kinds of rogue elements entering the device. The optimized way to avoid any further damage of the files from any kind of ransomware viruses is to update your device constantly and backup the data with regular intervals.
You can find many other data recovery tools and backup solutions on the internet which can keep your data safe online. In case if you come across any issues regarding the removal of the CryptoShield ransomware or in the recovery of files through above methods, approach us through the comment section so that we can help you with it. Do visit our Decryptor section to know more about various ransomware decryptors that are available for free!
Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) portals have been creating havoc for a while now whenever they were launched. To an average person, cyber crime is known to be associated with theft, stealing of money or data which can be sold for profit. These threats are prevalent, and people should be aware of being precocious.
What is an RaaS?
However, it’s a misjudgment to say that the hackers only deal with money. Extortion has been hiking up recently where the cyber criminals started stealing the data and the scams that involve the theft of data are called ransomware thefts which involve a software or a kind of free Login generator that can encrypt the files of a network or computer and then demand the victim to pay the price. Ransomware-as-a-Service implies coders selling the required data to normal individuals by creating different forms of malware.
Ranion, a new Ransomware
One such portal has been recently launched which is accessing a distribution network through the Dark Web. This Ranion ransomware is fully working and therefore is selling the required information for an extremely low price. Known as Ranion, this new RaaS service has been discovered by a researcher, Daniel Smith of Radware Security.
He indexed this particular RaaS on the Dark Web through the URL indexing service. When inquired, it has been claimed that the RaaS is created for ‘Educational Purposes’. The hacker group involved in designing this RaaS is now selling the access to the distribution network for very low prices say $960/year and $605/6 months which are less than 1 Bitcoin.
Extraction of Data through Ranion
According to the crew, each buyer of the Ranion will receive immediate access to the distributed network which is pre-configured and which works on 32 and 64 bit Windows devices. They can also additionally gain access to a Backend panel that is being hosted on (.onion site) Tor hidden service. Ransomware.exe will encrypt all the files irrespective of the formats within a PC (usually it searches for the files used on C-Z HDDS) using a key AES256 which will be sent to your Dashboard.
When done, it will create various README files on your desktop in different languages right from English, Russian, Germany, French, Italian along with a banner message that gets executed when you boot the device. The Ransomware is not designed to destroy the PC even when it is a malware and it encrypts the .exe files as they won’t be encrypted without your permission.
Data formats Supported by the Ranion
The Ranion as a RaaS, targets particular file formats of the user data. It has been said that the formats were limited before and are recently extended and listed with new extensions. They include:
The Ranion developer gang says that it goes undetected even with the finest of the Antivirus products and can only be restrained by the few best antivirus software. Also, the RaaS doesn’t take anything from the payments of the buyers but usually gains from the service task which ranges between 20% and 60% from the payment on the top of the rental fee.
It’s because of the cheaper and optimized business model, it started attracting buyers, and the RaaS started gaining the limelight. To avoid it turn out into a scam and to dispell the rumors, the crew is also allowing buyers test the service first before buying which rather is a brave move.
Decryption and Encrypted Data through Ranion
The buyers are also provided with information including the workstations’ usernames, AES decryption keys of every victim and also the infected computer IDs’. If the victim pays, the RaaS gives another decrypter than ables the user to recover the files. The Ranion customers can also customize the ransomware by sending the details to the authors like the Bitcoin address to pay the ransom and also the email address where they can be reached out.
The payment through Bitcoins allows the ransomware bypass the antivirus software, and once the transaction is done, the customer will be provided with two links. One link that gives the access to the backend panel and another to download the binary with settings and the decrypter to unlock the files.
So RaaS is already making it’s way to turn out most dangerous way to spread Ransomware around the world at low price. The service is being sold at low prices and the sellers say that it’s just for educational purposes. Keep visiting our Ransomware News section to stay updated with latest Ransomware.
A county in Ohio,US, is a latest victim of a ransomware attack. In fact, their entire IT infrastructure has been shut down due to a ransomware outbreak. All computers and phone are inaccessible as a result of this attack. Licking county had to shut down all the computers to prevent further spreading of the ransomware.
The issue was found Tuesday early morning when all the computer files and phone system was inaccessible. Only later they found out that they have been a victim of the new ransomware. Little information is made available regarding the same but as a precaution they have shut down the entire system. Although there isn’t much information on how they managed to get ransomware, but it could be due to someone downloading some spam email or could be because of login phishing scam like Netflix.
Licking County Ransomware
Fortunately, the county government’s 911 system is up and ready to serve the people, but all the landline phone remains dead. It is expected to remain shut down till the weekend. Public can call 911 for all emergency and the operation would be normal.
As you would see in any ransomware attack, the Ohio county government was asked to pay ransom amount to get back all their data. Details are sparse about the amount they have been asked and what they intend to do if their IT cell do not manage to get rid of the ransomware. The county has already called their cyber security experts to look into the issue but we are little bit skeptical about it. FBI has also been alerted about the situation.
Last week, Texas police department fall victim of the same. They refused to pay the ransom and ended up losing 8 years worth of data. It shut down all the security camera and surveillance system but Texas police department refused to knee down against such cyber criminals.
Cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is becoming more popular as a result of increased ransomware attacks. In most of the cases with ransomware attack, Bitcoin is a preferred currency. In such a precarious situation, it is necessary to take a regular online as well as offline backup. Online real time backup can make the things worst as in few of the cases, ransomware managed to get into online system as well.
The increased amount of ransomware attacks is expected to increase further in 2017-18. The attacks are quadrupled in 2016 and is expected to increase more this year. Our duty is to make everyone aware of the ransomware attacks so people do not fall victim of it. Keep reading ransomware news in order to know all the latest news about ransomware. According to a recent data, almost 50% of the victims end up paying the ransom amount. It gives courage to the cyber criminals. Such funding can then used further to harass more people.
Here in this article, you will know how to remove Potato ransomware from your computer. For your reading convenience, I have split the content into several sections.
The sneakers have found the best way to make money by exploiting the security of people. They develop ransomware to threaten people by encrypting necessary documents. And, it displays a message on your computer screen to send them money in the form of bitcoins in order to get the files decrypted.
The truth be told, no one knows whether your files get to the normal state or not, even after sending them the money they want. That’s why removing the ransomware or decrypting the affected files is the best way to get your data back.
Not talking much about the risks and dangers, let’s now see what is Potato Ransomware and how does it gets into your system! Later on I will also share a detailed guide on how to remove Potato Ransomware and decrypt Potato virus infected files with ease, without paying any ransom. 😉
What is Potato Ransomware?
Potato ransomware is similar to another locky ransomware threats and Cerber ransomware. Once it infects a computer, it will scan all your files and connected cloud sources.
The developers have specified the type of files to be affected by the ransomware. When it finds such files, it will encrypt them using AES-256 algorithm. No one can see the original files after this. All you see are files with .potato extension with random names.
As you know, there is no software available to open such files. Along with the encryption, the ransomware creates two files on the desktop as well; README.png and README.html.
Both the files include instructions to decrypt your files, but in a manner unhealthy to you. If you follow that method, you will have to send the proposed money (somewhere between $500-1500).
You shouldn’t send them any money. As I said earlier, there’s no guarantee that they will stick to their words. After all, the people behind ransomware are criminals. So, they care less about their victims.
How does Potato Virus Get into My System?
There are multiple ways available for cyber criminals to inject a ransomware into your computer. The most commonly seen one is via a mail stating about you, winning a contest, giving away free paid account accesses online or getting huge chunks of money.
Along with the mail, you will find an attachment as well. We all know that .exe is the most dangerous file extension. Most viruses come in the form of a useful .exe file. But we don’t know the fact that a virus can also be integrated to seem-to-be-harmless files like a PDF or DOCX document.
For the same reason, most people open attached documents. As a result, Potato gets into their systems.
This is not the only way hackers inject potato ransomware into a computer. We all know that there are thousands of people who search for free cracks and keygens for premium tools. Most of them turn their antivirus off while using cracks as well.
When a ransomware is attached to a crack, it will be easy to get affected, with antivirus software in the deactivated state.
So, I recommend you don’t open attachments from unknown email IDs. Moreover, no one is ever going to pay you hefty amount of money for free. So whenever you get an email about a free payment, you should overlook the email.
Moreover, don’t go for cracked software. You can find some free alternatives on the web for any tool. Download them from the official website. You will not suffer later. Follow the same method if you system is affected with CryptoLocker Ransomware.
How to Remove Potato Virus from Your Computer?
You can download some ransomware removing tools from the web to get rid of Potato from your computer.
Method 1: Hitman Pro
Hitman is a security tool, which can remove ransomware.
Step 1: First, you have to install the software. Use the link given below to download the installer.
Step 2: I hope you won’t find it difficult to install Hitman. Just open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. You can do it just like installing any other software.
Step 3: Once the installation finishes, the software will start scanning your entire system for security threats. It may take a while depending upon the number and size of your files.
When it displays the scanning results, you have to specify actions for each malicious item and then hit Next.
Step 4: Though Hitman Pro is a paid tool, you can use it free for 30 days. So choose the free license for 30 days. There you go.
Restart your computer.
Method 2: Malwarebyte’s Anti-malware
Step 1: You have to download the setup file first. An internet connection with decent speed is recommended.
Step 2: Then, you must open the setup to kick-start the installation. Don’t worry! The process is the same as that of the installation of any other tool. Follow the on-screen instructions. That’s all.
Step 3: After installing the software, you have to open it. On the interface, you can see a Scan Now button. Pressing on it will start scanning all your files.
Step 4: You will get the results soon after the scanning completes. Select all threats there and choose remove. There you go.
You may be asked to restart the system. Just do it.
How to Decrypt Potato Ransomware Affected Files?
If you are in decrypting the affected files, you can follow the method given below.
Step 1: The tool we want here is Shadow Explorer. Download it.
Step 2: Then, install the software by opening the setup and following the on-screen instructions.
Step 3: Now open the newly installed Shadow Explorer interface. You will have to select a drive and then a date (we are going to restore the files into a previous state). Make sure you select a date before the system got affected by Potato ransomware.
Step 4: Here, you have to select the target to save the previous versions of files.
There you go! You can also use default restoration tools as well.
You know how to remove Potato ransomware and decrypt the files affected by it, don’t you?
If you have any doubts regarding this or any other ransomware, don’t forget to leave a comment below. I will reach out to you at the earliest.
The internet has always been the mix of good and evil. Of course, you can do tons of useful tasks using the web. On the other hand, there are many hidden snares to trap you as well.
Relatively new to this range of online threats is ransomware. Most of you are hearing this name for the first time. In this article, you are going to read about a special type of ransomware. Hence, it is important for you to know what it is.
Simply put, a ransomware is a type of virus. On contrary to the functioning of ordinary malicious programs, a ransomware either locks files or restrict the access to them and demand some monetary amount (ransom) to revoke the affected state. In case you don’t give them money (mostly in the form of bitcoins), you will lose the files forever. It’s not just the PC users but Netflix users are also in trouble with the latest ransomware.
I hope you got a brief idea about ransomware now. Let’s move on to CryptoLocker.
What is CryptoLocker Ransomware/Virus?
As I said earlier, CryptoLocker is a type of ransomware that demands money to revoke file access.
Once CrptoLocker gets into your system, it scans for different types to encrypt them. For each file it encrypts, it generates a random key and locks the content using AES algorithm. Then, it makes everything complicated by encrypting that random key with RSA algorithm and finally, the main key is added to the encrypted file.
The effective way to crack such a code is bruteforce attack. But it will take more than thousand years for a personal computer to get the correct key through this attack.
Only the owner of KryptoLocker gets the random key for decryption. Even a computer forensic expert can’t figure out the key because the data on the system is regularly overwritten. Now you know what a CryptoLocker virus is, right? Let’s move on to the next section then.
How Does CryptoLocker Virus Get into my System?
There may be many methods through which CryptoLocker ransomware gets into a computer. But the most seen method is the one given below.
As in the case of many malicious programs, the most possible way for the CryptoLocker virus to get into your system is emails. Yeah, you read it right!
You will get see-to-be genuine mail from a logistics company. There would be a zipped file as an attachment. In order to increase the credibility, the file has a password, which you can get from the mail itself.
Once you open the zipped file, you will see a harmless file like PDF or JPG. Truth be told; the real executable extension (.exe) will be hidden. As you open the file, CryptoLocker permanently stick to your computer and starts working.
How Does CryptoLocker Virus Work?
Now that you know what CryptoLocker is and how it gets into your computer, I want you to have an idea of its working as well.
When you open the PDF or JPG file from the zipped archive, CryptoLocker does three things on your computer.
Triggers two CryptoLocker processes. One is the main one and second makes sure the primary program doesn’t get terminated.
Adds a registry key to ensure the ransomware is started every time you boot up your computer.
Stores the pivotal files to a folder inside user.
For the first time, it scans your computer for the specific types of files (included in the algorithm of the ransomware). It follows the above given method to encrypt each file. Due to the double encryption, cracking the key becomes impossible.
The registry key it creates is HKCUSoftwareCryptoLockerPublic. Moreover, it creates another registry key to log the details of the encrypting files. Such details are logged into HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareCryptoLockerFiles.
Once the program finishes scanning your entire system for the files, it will show a wizard with a countdown. Usually, you will get about three days of time to pay the requested amount in the form of bitcoins. In the wizard, you can also read that the private key needed for decryption gets destroyed soon after you try to remove or damage the CryptoLocker ransomware program.
Types of Files Affected by CryptoLocker Ransomware
As I said earlier, CryptoLocker doesn’t lock every single file on your computer. The developer of the ransomware should have specified the file types. The common types of files that can be affected by CryptoLocker are given below.
Considering the risk level of the CryptoLocker ransomware, I don’t think there is a single tool that can get rid of it from the root. Here I use a combination of a couple of antimalware tools to remove it.
Step 1: First, you have to log into safe mode with networking. Doing the same in earlier versions of Windows (XP, Vista and 7) is easy. Restart your computer and while it boots up, you have to press F8 (F10 for some systems) to get a CMD-like window. Choose Safe Mode with Networking from there.
If you are a Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 user, you have to hit Win key+ R. Then, enter msconfig into the field and press Enter. On the new wizard, access Boot tab. Under boot options, check Safe mode and turn on Network. Finally, restart your computer.
Step 2: Once the system starts up, you have to download and install a program called RogueKiller. You must know the architecture of the OS (x32 or x64). Then, download the right one.
Don’t forget to proceed to the installation just like you do for any other software as well. (I hope you don’t need a guide for installation provided there is nothing complicated in it).
Step 3: Open the software after finishing the installation. As you are running it for the first time, you will see it prescanning. Wait some time to get it completed.
Then, click on Scan to kick-start the analysis for malicious files.
Step 4: When it is completed, you have select and hit Delete to remove them.
Not a single antimalware tool is perfect. For the same reason, I want you to install another desktop app as well.
Step 6: Open the software after you complete the installation. Then, choose Quick Scan and hit Scan button to start scanning for malicious files.
Step 7: When the window finishes the scanning, you have to hit Ok once and on the following screen, you should click on Show results.
Step 8: At this step, you will get the details of all the infected files. Just select all the files and, click Remove selected. There you go.
Step 9: Finally, you have to press Yes to restart your computer to see the malware removal in effect.
How to Decrypt CryptoLocker Infected Files
In the above section, you read how to remove CryptoLocker. Here you will get to know how to restore the infected files.
Step 1: The software we use here is ShadowExplorer. Obviously, you have to download and install this. (There is a portable version available to be used just in case you blocked from installing anything).
Step 2: Open the software after installing or downloading the portable version. First, you have to choose the drive in which the folder/file you want is present.
The next dropdown menu is used to choose the date. You should choose a date prior to that of CryptoLocker infection.
Step 3: Now you have to choose the exact folder or file from the main window on the right side.
Then right- click on it and choose Export.
Step 4: Finally, it will ask you for a target folder into which the file/folder will be saved. Once you do it, hit Ok. There you go!
Conclusion of CryptoLocker Virus Removal Guide
I hope I gave you complete information about CryptoLocker ransomware. Though I haven’t stepped much into the technical aspects, you know what it is and how to remove it, don’t you? You can also go through ODIN removal guide to know more about ransomware family!
Like they say prevention is better than cure. So, I strongly recommend you shouldn’t open attachments from strange email addresses. Moreover, approach official and reliable sources to download desktop applications.
Every time you use internet, stay alert & don’t get yourself into online traps. Stay tuned to our ransomware news for more updates!
Netflix, a multinational entertainment firm having 93 million users around the world is at risk! The cyber criminals has found a freaking way to scam the Netflix users by using a simple Login Generator. A user might take it easy as he logins in the Netflix account to access it but little did he/she knew that Netflix Login Generator is a ransomware!
93 million Netflix users are at risk if they fall into this Netflix Login Generator scam! Over the times, it has been seen that cyber criminals sell these login credentials on dark web to insert Trojans to get the personal information (including financial) or to hack the servers. Earlier, an app was found as a threat to Android users which affected many users!
How Does Netflix Ransomware Get into Your System?
Usually, Netflix customers pay few bucks to watch popular videos on demand. But to lure customers and given them free Netflix videos on demand, a executable file “Netflix Login Generator v1.1.exe” is used to redirect them to a Generate Login window.
According to Trend Mirco, these kind of files are used to offer free login access to those sites who have paid online services. So there’s no doubt that many users would actually love to use the paid online services for free. Don’t you? This is where the attackers take the advantage!
The file name is detected as Netix and once it’s installed in your Windows 7 or 10, you will see the above window seeking your permission to “Generate Login.” Once you click on Generate login, the login credentials might not work but one thing is for sure that your C drive is encrypted by variety of files!
Of course, this ransomware doesn’t work on other operating systems and Windows 8 too. But ransomwares like Cerber & ODIN are always a threat to any Windows user. So be safe from such scams!
As per the report of Trend Mirco, “The ransomware employs AES-256 encryption algorithm and appends the encrypted files with the .se extension. The ransom notes demand $100 worth of Bitcoin (0.18 BTC) from its victims.”
Files Infected by Netflix Ransomware
It encrypts files with the following extensions:
These files will be infected if you fall to this scam of Netflix Ransomware! Once Netflix Ransomware is spread in your system, it will warn you that your “Data on your device has been locked, follow the instructions to your data.”
Once you click on Instructions.txt given in the above window, a detailed instructions will be given to you! When you try to decrypt the files using a key, they will ask for a ransom amount. In this case, it’s $100 if the reports are to be believed! Here’s how the instruction file looks like:
You hardly have any option other than paying ransom amount to the hackers! So don’t fall in a scan of this Netflix Ransomware just for the sake of getting free videos on demand!
There’s no doubt that ransomware attacks are high these days! Just before few days, hotel guests were locked out and they were asked to pay ransom amount to unlock the hotel! Smarter technologies are at risk!
Technology has made our life easier but it can also make your life miserable. One of the hotel has recently learnt this. In a Europe, hotel management has admitted that their guests were held in or out of the room by cybercriminals. In what is called a sophisticated electronic key system hack, cyber criminals hacked into the system and asked thousands of dollars in bitcoin as a ransom.
Edit: Guest were not allowed to re-enter the room. They were not locked into the room
Just a few days back a news spread about ransomware being spread via Android app in Google play store by the cyber criminals. With this new incidents surfaced about hotel key card system hacking, it seems that the problem is only going to get worse in the future. Most of the 4-star and 5-star hotels now use modern IT system that uses key cards as a door key.
Hotel management decided to go public and mention the issues they faced to warn all other hoteliers out there. With modern technology there increases a cyber crime. The hotel management even said that they were hit three times by such cyber criminals. To make the situation worse, they even managed to shut down entire systems. Guest could not enter or exit from their room. Re programming the system did not help either. The attack shut down entire help desk and all computers in the hotel.
Cyber criminals asked 1,500 EUR (1,272 GBP) in Bitcoin to restore the system. The only option left with them was to pay them the ransom amount. The worst thing is that neither police nor insurance company could help them. Software engineer was also not able to restore the locked system.
However, the good thing is that after paying the ransom hackers restored everything. It also allowed them to operate normally. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this would not happen again. With increasing ransomware threat it becomes necessary to take preventive steps to stop such hack. Windows system are more vulnerable at this moment.
The recent ransomware called “Cerber” is very popular among the cyber criminals. It encrypts all files which can only be decrypted using their decryption software or more known as “decryptor”. As of writing this, no anti virus company has found the cure. The only option with users is to pay the ransom via bitcoin or format the entire system. In some cases, users pay them the amount due to sensitive data loss. It is said that over 50% users end up paying ransom to these cyber criminals. The same goes with the latest Netflix ransomware as well!
Brandstaetter said (hotel manager) that the best option is to use good old-fashioned lock keys with hardware. Locks with real keys are best solution and there is no way to hack into it. As a preventive measures all systems are replaced and there is a less chance of fourth hack attempt. The hotel has spent over 10,000 Euros on digital security to stop hackers from attacking again. In previous cases also they paid ransom in thousands Euros.
Smart home and smart locks are widespread now. What happens if smart home security is altered and hackers manage to lock you out of your home? Even a thought about it runs a shiver down the spine. Are we depending too much on smart system? Is it a right time to go back to the old security system where we are less reliant on software?
It’s quite safe to say that Pokemon Go has pretty much embarked a long-lasting journey into the field of augmented reality ever since its introduction back in 2016. The Pokemon Go game – like a viral fever – was everywhere initially when it was launched. The game was initially launched for Android & iOS users. But the Pokemon Go Windows Phone is available now!
However, what was this craze behind this location-based game anyway? Let’s find out! Pokemon Go, a free to play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic and Nintendo was first launched in the market back in July 2016.
In this, gamers essentially are required to make use of their respective mobile devices and the GPS capability to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures known as Pokemon on screen through the use of their cameras. This way, the gamers have a real-world experience as they venture out searching for these Pokemon in real-world locations.
When the game initially arrived, it received mixed reviews. There several critics that praised the game’s concept, however, there were many others that criticized the technical issues that were quite apparent in the initial stages of the launch.
However, with time, a majority of the mass gamers came to accept the new gaming experience with open arms. The augmented-reality game became so popular that it was downloaded approximately 500 million times worldwide.
Game Play of Pokemon Go for Windows Phone
The gameplay of Pokemon Go Windows Phone is relatively simple. The first augmented reality game for the iOS and Android platforms was revealed at a South by Southwest 2016 panel. The initial trailer of the video made users to believe that they will be able to encounter Pokemon Go in various parts of the real world; subjective from location to location. However, not much was revealed back then except from the numerous hints, leaks and rumors that essentially took the rounds.
The game came across as similar to other portable games that can be observed on Nintendo handhelds — the only difference being that Pokemon Go was augmented reality based. Battling and trading was not a new concept but experiencing a real-life gaming phase was something unique and thus, was immediately taken positively by the gaming world.
It is close to a year since the game was launched and fans are now waiting for something different or even greater details regarding what they can expect in the future with Pokemon Go Windows Phone version of the game. Trainers also enjoyed playing PC version of Pokemon Go by downloading Bluestacks Emulator.
Features of Pokemon Go Windows Phone
A couple of months ago, Pokemon Go was launched and fans immediately responded positively to it. Much to the delight of the fans, a lot of things are lined up to be added to Pokemon Go in the coming months. Check out the features of Pokemon Go Windows Phone:
Get your own respective leader
There will be three different teams in Pokemon Go, namely, Team Valor, Team Mystic and Team Instinct and the good news is that each of the teams will be getting their own leaders.
Greater number of Easter eggs
Easter eggs are perhaps among the most fun-filled activities to indulge in. However, there are some Easter eggs that still haven’t been discovered by fans yet. Now gamers are speculating that there could be more potential Easter eggs in the coming months. And if you can’t wait for it, you surely need to read this hacking guide of Pokemon Go.
Pokemon tracking tools
The one and only way of tracking Pokemon creatures is through the use of numerous Pokemon tracking tools. However, at the moment, there are only a limited number of Pokemon tools available in the inventory. The game developer is planning on adding new ones soon.
Pokemon trading gets better
What happens when you have too many duplicate Pokemon creatures and don’t know what to do with them? You simply trade them with others. Trading in Pokemon Go is among the core elements that make up for the game.
How to Download Pokemon Go on Windows Phone?
Pokemon Go is currently available on Android, iOS and Windows 10 platforms. You can download the original app Pokemon Go Windows phone quite easily. Here are the steps you should follow todownload Pokemon Go Windows phone:
#1. Create an account
Gamers are first required to create a Pokemon Go Trainer account from the official website. Just head over to the official website of Pokemon Go and create an account. You need this because you will be required to log in to the game when you start it.
#2. Enable Developer Mode
After which, you will need to enable the Developer Mode on your smartphone. This can be done via the settings option in your device.
#3. Download the app
Download the official app on your PC. Then you need to transfer these files on to your mobile device.
#4. Run the app
After the app has been successfully deployed, you can run the app on your smartphone.
Conclusion of Pokemon Go Windows Phone
Pokemon Go Windows phone arrived a little late, however, it eventually did. The game is quite unique in its own way but will lose its charm if it doesn’t deliver something unique to its fans any time soon.
Ransomware is a real threat and it has now found a new home. In a surprising and shocking revelation, a ransomware app managed to get into Google play store damaging at least one real world device. A charge app named EnergyRescue was installed by few innocuous Android users expecting it to be a new charging app. Later, one of the user complained about all lost data and ransom amount on a social media platform. It quickly made a headline.
Ransomware like Cerber & CryptoLocker have already been haunting Windows users. In one of the shocking news, half of the users end up paying ransom amount due to the sensitivity of the data (read more). Mobile ransomware an emerging threat and this could become a big issue in the future. It also points out the fact that large number of Android users are vulnerable.
EnergyRescue mobile ransomware was found on the Google play store. Initially, it stole all the contacts and other sensitive data like SMS etc. Upon granting administrator rights, the app would lock the entire device and ask for a ransom. Imagine what would have happened if this app had managed to slip into millions of device. The app asked for 0.2 bitcoin– around $180– in a ransom amount as it happens typically in all incidents. Following was the message given on the device.
You need to pay for us, otherwise we will sell portion of your personal information on black market every 30 minutes. WE GIVE 100% GUARANTEE THAT ALL FILES WILL RESTORE AFTER WE RECEIVE PAYMENT. WE WILL UNLOCK THE MOBILE DEVICE AND DELETE ALL YOUR DATA FROM OUR SERVER! TURNING OFF YOUR PHONE IS MEANINGLESS, ALL YOUR DATA IS ALREADY STORED ON OUR SERVERS! WE STILL CAN SELLING IT FOR SPAM, FAKE, BANK CRIME etc… We collect and download all of your personal data. All information about your social networks, Bank accounts, Credit Cards. We collect all data about your friends and family.
The threat like selling the data in black market makes the situation worst. All personal data like credit card info, password, sms, social accounts, bank account and contact details are stolen and stored on remote server.
Researchers are yet to find out where the code was generated or downloaded from. Devices s located in the Ukraine, Russia, or Belarus doesn’t run the malicious code. This implicates that the cybercriminal behind mobile ransomware might be based out of Eastern Europe. Of course, it is still unknown if the data was really stolen and backed up on remote server. In many cases such claims are false just to trick the users into paying the ransom amount. Bitcoin is always a preferred payment option in such case making it impossible where the money is going to.
As of posting this, the ransomware app has been taken down from the Google play store. Investment is going on to see how the malicious code was injected in the app. The app development company has been given full support to help the researchers. However, it is believed that this might just a small testing before a large attack happens. To make the situation worse, cybercriminals can also push it to a large number of users. Imagine how easily they can distribute it via APK files hosted on apps not hosted on Google Play store.
The malicious code was inserted smartly. Researchers are yet to find out the original. It also escaped from Google’s bouncer security scanner app. This hints at the code that could have stopped the code from running on Android emulators making it impossible for Bouncer to detect. Users must be more careful about what they install from the Play Store. One should install only trusted app. It also points out the fact that one must take necessary action to stop ransomware distribution.
As a dedicated section on ransomware, we should be providing a guide on how to prevent ransomware being installed on the mobile, Windows and Mac device. Have you ever been a victim of ransomware? Do let us know your view about the same.