Dishwasher Ransomware Description
The Dishwasher Ransomware is a new addition to the ever-growing number of file-locking malware threats. Its name comes from the core executable file of the threat called 'dishwasher.exe.' The goal of every ransomware is to infiltrate computer systems, following it with encryption of all the most widely used file types. Businesses might suffer significant losses if they lost access to their archives or client databases suddenly, while private users could find themselves locked out of their pictures, photos, videos or other important files. Nearly all ransomware demand payment in cryptocurrency coins, usually Bitcoin, for the restoration of the encrypted data. This is not the case with Dishwasher Ransomware, though.
The Dishwasher Ransomware Doesn't Want Money
At first glance, the Dishwasher Ransomware doesn't deviate much from the norm. After it has been executed, the malware proceeds to encrypt the user's files, changing their extensions to '.clean' in the process. Two files are then dropped on the infected machine - an image file named 'bg.jpg' located in the %temp% folder and a 'dump.key' file containing a list of locations in the Users\IEUser\ folder. The default desktop image is then modified to a new one, dropped by the Dishwasher Ransomware. The image file depicts a hooded figure resembling the grim reaper. The Dishwasher Ransomware locks the desktop screen and opens a window with a text message from the crooks.
Usually, these messages contain e-mails that the victims can use for contact with the criminals, the specific sum demanded as a ransom, and detailed instructions on how to obtain the required cryptocurrency. The Dishwasher Ransomware, however, carries the following message:
'YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN LOCKED.
There is a "Decrypt all files" button located below the text, but victims of the Dishwasher Ransomware shouldn't get their hopes up - clicking it will not return their files. Instead, they will see a new window informing them that this function is "Not yet implemented ;)."
The Dishwasher Ransomware may Still be Under Development
The lack of a ransom note and the inability to decrypt files could mean that this particular sample of the ransomware is just a test version, and the Dishwasher Ransomware is still being developed. Unfortunately, this leaves its victims with minimal options in terms of getting their files back. If they have a backup somewhere that was created before the ransomware threat was introduced to the computer, it can be used to restore the data safely. Otherwise, the only thing to do is keep the encrypted files and hope that with this being an incomplete version of Dishwasher Ransomware, it may contain errors in its coding that could allow the cybersecurity community to crack the encryption and create a decryptor tool. Before deciding on a course of action, however, users should use a legitimate anti-malware software to remove the threat from their computer.
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