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The .crypted file ransomware installs with an accomplice

24/10/2016 - by Oliver Williams
The ransom
Trojan that tags the .crypted extension on to encrypted files propagates in a very peculiar way. Its distributors leverage
the so-called Nemucod downloader, which is readily available on shady web
forums and other darknet resources. This fact is particularly disquieting because the above-mentioned malware delivery tool is likely to also serve other infections alongside the
kernel baddie.

One of the
unwelcome entities that were found to accompany the ransomware proper is the
Kovter Trojan. This infection is notorious for its click-fraud misdemeanors and
further promotion of malicious software.

The biggest
issue with the current implementations of Nemucod, though, is the .crypted file
ransomware. It arrives with spam that contains a JS downloader on board. Once
opened by an unsuspecting user, this attachment downloads the ransom Trojan to
the computer’s Temp directory. The virus devs picked this location for a reason
– some antiviruses don’t scour it for potentially harmful executables.

launched, the impostor program scans the host machine for about 100 file
extensions in order to figure out what to
encode. Every entry that meets the ‘popular
extension’ criteria is then subject to distortion with the RSA-1024 cipher. As
a result, not only do the files become inaccessible, but they also get tainted
with the newly appended .crypted extension.

ransomware creates a ransom note called Decrypt.txt on the desktop. It informs
the victim of the amount to pay for decryption, which is usually 0.4 Bitcoin,
as well as the destination Bitcoin wallet address. The manual also provides a
bunch of links to download the automatic decryptor after the payment has been submitted.

The earlier
editions of the .crypted extension ransomware could be cracked with Emsisoft’s free decryptor, but this is no longer
the case with the current variant. So, focusing on prevention is the right
thing to do. Treat spam email attachments with caution, keep important data backed up, and use reliable
antimalware. More info together with removal tips can be found here:
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