One hack leads to another hack. Today hacked remote desktop services are used to distribute LockCrypt Ransomware. When it is installed, LockCrypt will encrypt all files from the infected device with .1btc extension. This LockCrypt Ransomware is very similar to an old one named AlienVault.
The cyber attack goes like this, and cybercriminals will first look for devices that have Remote Desktop Services running and hack them using brute force login credentials. Once a device is breached, hackers will execute the ransomware that encrypts all targeted device data leaving user unable to access any of it.
After the encryption stops, its developers will provide contact info in which they demand a certain price for single machine decryption or a reduced cost if decrypting multiple machines.
LockCrypt creates ransom notes on the infected device the created file is named Restore Files.TxT. Restore Files.TxT contain a unique victim ID and instructions to email [email protected] or [email protected] for payment instructions.
For now, this ransomware cannot be decrypted for free, meaning the best way to keep your data safe is to follow this rules: important is that you use proper security habits and cybersecurity software like an antivirus solution, as crucial as the first advice are the backup files of your entire data.
Because this variant of ransomware relays on hacked Remote Desktop services for infection is significant to make sure this service locked down correctly, meaning no computers are running remote desktop services connected directly to the Internet.
The following steps will keep you safe in front of any threat not only ransomware:
1. Backup frequently
2. Don’t download any attachments until the source is verified
3. Don’t open any attachments until the source is confirmed
4. Scan attachments with a top antivirus solution
5. Install latest updates for your running OS and all apps that you have installed on your system
6. Always use hard passwords and never reuse the same password at multiple sites
Ransom Note Text:
“Your ID xxx
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail support: [email protected] or [email protected]
Write this ID in the title of your message
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to this e-mail support: [email protected] or [email protected]
You have to pay for decryption of Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment, we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 10Mb(nonarchived), and files should not contain valuable information.
(databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site.You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller payment method and price.
Also, you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our), or you can become a victim of a scam.”
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