Open-source file-lockers continue to be used by low-skilled cybercriminals who are interested in crafting their personalized ransomware variant. One of the latest threats to use this strategy is the Blackheel Ransomware. Fortunately, its authors have based their threat on the HiddenTear ransomware project, which uses a flawed encryption routine. This means that while the Blackheel Ransomware causes damage to your files, it should be possible to reverse the damages with the use of free decryption software.
Although the Blackheel Ransomware may be decryptable for free, it is recommended to take the necessary measures to protect yourself from attacks of this sort. If you have fallen victim to this file-locker, then your security is not good enough, and you may soon fall victim to a more threatening malware attack. Blackheel Ransomware's attack can be recognized by the '.a' extension it adds to locked files, as well as by the fact that it drops a ransom note called 'READ_ME.txt.'
The message's contents ask the victim to pay 0.2 Bitcoin for a decryption service. The criminals provide the email firstname.lastname@example.org for contact, and they threaten to leak the user's data online if they do not pay on time. We assure you that this is a bluff since the Blackheel Ransomware does not have the ability to steal files prior to locking them. If this ransomware has damaged your data, we advise you to use the free 'HiddenTear Decryptor' to recover your files and then run a reputable anti-malware application to terminate the threatening program.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Blackheel Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
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