'.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware

'.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware Description

The '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware is a variant of the BaYuCheng@yeah.net Ransomware or the XiaoBa Ransomware, a file-locking Trojan that encrypts your media for ransoming. Besides the Hitler-themed pop-up imagery, the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware displays limited modifications and still exhibits symptoms such as audio-looping music and hijacking the background. Always have backups that keep your files safe from these attacks, and use anti-malware programs for protecting your PC and uninstalling the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware as needed.

Chinese Trojans Branching Out into German History

The XiaoBa Ransomware may not be a focal point of high-quantity, file-ransoming campaigns like those of the Globe Ransomware or the Crysis Ransomware, but its payload isn't going unused. After previously, forking out into the English-language BaYuCheng@yeah.net Ransomware, the Trojan is upgrading its theme with the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware. In spite of this change of iconography, malware experts note no edits to the ransoming instructions, which are identical to the English variant.

The '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware encrypts the victim's media (documents, pictures, and other, recreational or workplace-related formats) by using an AES cipher that it protects by encrypting the resulting key with RSA. This attack, like those of most, file-locker Trojans, can complete itself in seconds or minutes, demonstrates almost no symptoms, and locks potentially wide ranges of files throughout the PC, although the Trojan doesn't corrupt the operating system.

However, the users have evidence available of the file-locking behavior afterward immediately, due to the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware's using the XiaoBa Ransomware 's features for replacing the desktop with its BMP-based ransoming note, as well as playing looping background music and loading a Windows 'MessageBox' pop-up. As far as malware analysts are concluding, the second feature is this Trojan's only discernible change, which adds an 'Adolf Hitler' title bar and a related picture of the dictator, alongside the instructions telling the user to contact the criminal's e-mail address for their decryption help.

Overturning a Dictatorial Invasion of Your Files

The use of Russian LanguageCode settings in the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware's campaign could imply a higher level of activity in that nation than in others, but the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware's payload is English-based, and effective against most PCs, worldwide. Malware researchers also confirm no changes to the unbroken encryption method in the Trojan's payload, which prevents any development of free decryption options. Instead of hoping that they can unlock their files, users should preserve their media on other devices for recovering after disinfection.

Stopping the distribution of file-locking Trojans should emphasize the following:

  • Users should avoid opening e-mail attachments without analyzing them with security software; particularly, highly-exploitable downloads like archives or Word documents.
  • Deactivating Web-browsing features like Flash and JavaScript can eliminate significant vulnerabilities related to exploit kits and drive-by-download attacks.
  • Healthy password-management practices can keep criminals from gaining RDP access to a network and installing programs automatically.

Two out of every three anti-malware products in the industry are detecting this threat and should delete the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware before its encryption starts. Like any XiaoBa Ransomware variant, this Trojan is Windows-specific.

The '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware is a small surprise from a family of Trojans that has very small-scale activity in comparison to Hidden Tear, the Jigsaw Ransomware, or other, higher-publicity Trojans' campaigns. Unfortunately, statistics for rates of distribution may change your chances of encountering a Trojan like the '.AdolfHitler File Extension' Ransomware, but don't make it any easier to save your files if you get unlucky.

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Posted: June 6, 2018
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