Backdoor.Ingreslock Ransomware

Posted: December 28, 2015
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs 5

Backdoor.Ingreslock Ransomware Description

Backdoor.Ingreslock is a Trojan that exploits the Ingres database-related vulnerabilities for taking control of your computer. It may launch different attacks but has strong implications in ransomware and file encryption attacks that could hold your files for ransom. High-level threats of this type always should be removed by your anti-malware programs. After deleting Backdoor.Ingreslock, malware experts can suggest any of several strategies for reversing the damage to your files from the encryption attack.

How the Right Database Management may Go Wrong

Although many threat campaigns have their beginnings in unforeseen bugs and exploits, others may launch off of the intentional, structural limitations of legitimate software and services. Backdoor.Ingreslock takes its name from the Ingreslock process, a database protection service that uses network port 1524. Unfortunately, if it's left indiscriminately open, this same port may be used by Trojans like Backdoor.Ingreslock to conduct attacks against your computer. Ingres is an SQL-based system that supports a large corporate, NGO and government apps. However, should they gain access to a personal machine, Backdoor.Ingreslock attacks could be just as effective against computers not related to any business enterprises.

Con artists may instruct backdoor Trojans for conducting different types of attacks, including downloading new threats, changing your system settings or collecting data. Current sources on Backdoor.Ingreslock attacks strongly associate Backdoor.Ingreslock with attempted file-ransoming campaigns through the following techniques:

  • Backdoor.Ingreslock may load fraudulent legal warnings by locking your desktop or launching pop-up windows. These legal warnings can reference the FBI or other legal institutions, including fake ones, in attempts to force the computer user to transfer money. Services like Paysafecard and Ukash are often suggested.
  • Backdoor.Ingreslock may scan your PC for files, such as Excel spreadsheets, Word documents or images, and encrypt them. Even a simple encryption modification may make the affected files impossible for their associated programs to read them. Most con artists launching such campaigns claim to sell a decryption service in exchange for the PC user's money, although the efficacy of their services may be dubious.

Unshackling Your Files from Backdoor.Ingreslock

Since many systems may make use of the Ingreslock service in support of Ingres databases, you shouldn't always assume that this service is threatening. Your anti-malware programs should be capable of identifying Backdoor.Ingreslock as a separate entity from a 'safe' Ingreslock service. The presence of Ingreslock without a corresponding need for the Ingres database management on your machine, unusual network activity or changes to your port settings may be symptoms of a Backdoor.Ingreslock infection. Many file encryptors also may change the names or file extensions of any files that they've encrypted.

Once your anti-malware solutions have removed Backdoor.Ingreslock, further procedures are available for recovering your encrypted data. Most file encryptors don't target Cloud storage servers, and removable hard drives always are safe options for restoring your files without paying a ransom. When it comes to prevention, malware researchers also would recommend using application-specific port settings that can allow Ingreslock (and other, equally safe services) full access while blocking threats like Backdoor.Ingreslock.

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