A new malicious ransomware attack has been released. When it It started out it was not as aggressive as the version that has emerged in the last 6 days and it seems that there may be a new, live distribution of the ransomware on its way. This version locks all of your files and data until you actually pay a ransom.
Starting out the attack only pretended to encrypt a victims data and it was soon discovered that the ransomware only added to the file extension. For example from ‘.doc’ to ‘.doc.wctc’ making it difficult to locate or access on the device. Removing the extension made the files usable again, so an infection was essentially reversible.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. This ‘issue’ has now been fixed and the ransomware can now encrypt the data, and all files on the device. In every encrypted file there is a type of ‘ransom note’ called ‘read_me.txt’ with information about how to contact the developer, including a unique ‘LOCK-ID’ that identifies your device.
In some cases devices that were also infected by DeathRansom were also infected by another program called STOP Ransomware which may indicate how the new attack is being distributed. STOP is only delivered through adware bundles and cracks so perhaps this same method is used, however, this is still unknown.
How to protect yourself
As it is not currently known exactly how DeathRansom is being distributed you must protect yourself in as many ways as possible and particularly when your are connected to the internet.
Online Activity - Be careful when your connected.
Malware, of all kinds, needs an internet connection to be delivered, whether through a website or via email etc. (unless someone has physical access to the device which is much less common for this kind of attack). So you should be careful when you are connected, use secure wifi, secure browsers, don’t open emails you don’t trust and don’t click on any links that you don’t trust. Only use reputable websites and if in doubt use Incognitos Website Checker to be sure.
Protect your data, back up to an external hard-drive at best, or back up securely online.
If you are backing up online choose a reputable company, a very strong password and 2 factor authentication. This way if your file are encrypted on your device you can access them somewhere else and all is not lost. We recommend you always have a back up.
Anti Malware Product
Download and use an anti malware product. Choose a reputable company and scan your devices immediately and regularly. While some products may not protect against this newer version of DeathRansom yet, they will soon so ensure that you update the product regularly. Updates are so important to ensure you have the best protection.
Stay protected and keep yourself informed.
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