Posted: March 1, 2017
The following fields listed on the Threat Meter containing a specific value, are explained in detail below:
Threat Level: The threat level scale goes from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest level of severity and 1 is the lowest level of severity. Each specific level is relative to the threat's consistent assessed behaviors collected from SpyHunter's risk assessment model.
Detection Count: The collective number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular malware threat. The detection count is calculated from infected PCs retrieved from diagnostic and scan log reports generated by SpyHunter.
Volume Count: Similar to the detection count, the Volume Count is specifically based on the number of confirmed and suspected threats infecting systems on a daily basis. High volume counts usually represent a popular threat but may or may not have infected a large number of systems. High detection count threats could lay dormant and have a low volume count. Criteria for Volume Count is relative to a daily detection count.
Trend Path: The Trend Path, utilizing an up arrow, down arrow or equal symbol, represents the level of recent movement of a particular threat. Up arrows represent an increase, down arrows represent a decline and the equal symbol represent no change to a threat's recent movement.
% Impact (Last 7 Days): This demonstrates a 7-day period change in the frequency of a malware threat infecting PCs. The percentage impact correlates directly to the current Trend Path to determine a rise or decline in the percentage.
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The Dot Ransomware is a 'Ransomware as a Service' or RaaS Trojan that threat actors can generate with divergent characteristics, depending on its builder's settings. This threat can use any of several methods for encrypting and locking the files of your PC, which con artists can exploit for soliciting payments. Since the Trojan's distribution model may vary between individual threat actors, use generalized anti-malware protection for stopping the Dot Ransomware and backups for overriding any local damage it may cause.
Booming Business on the Dot
Competition within the construction kit sub-sector of the threat marketplace often is heated, with different threat actors providing incentives such as innovative ransoming features, anti-security defenses or merely low prices to lure new customers. Once they buy into a construction model, these third-party con artists find victims in turn, with the aim of attacking their PCs and extorting money to be funneled back to both teams. The Dot Ransomware is a brand-new occupant of this black market, competing next to threats malware experts analyzed previously, including Hidden Tear, the Crysis Ransomware, and Troldesh.
Con artists build variants of the Dot Ransomware from a CMD-based kit that offers different options for how to encrypt the victim's data, what formats should be locked, and how much to charge in ransoms. Malware experts can verify that current versions of the Dot Ransomware don't bluff their file-encrypting behavior and can lock the victim's files permanently. A secondary feature they also noted is the Dot Ransomware's defenses against standard Windows self-recovery features, such as the Error Recovery Screen, which the Trojan can disable by default.
Even if using the infected PC actively, operators may see no symptoms until the Dot Ransomware finishes encoding their content, after which it drops any of several files containing instructions on paying for the unlocker or decryptor. Like many ransom-based cyber attacks, the Dot Ransomware's campaign also includes a diagnostics panel that gives its threat actors information such as the infected PC's rough location (as per its IP address) and the Trojan's status, which helps them monitor and stay engaged with different attacks.
Keeping New Delinquent Families from Converting Your Files into Money Mills
Much like the fabled 'black spot' of Stevenson's novel that foretold imminent demise for its bearer, the Dot Ransomware offers symptoms to see after your files may be permanently unusable. No free decryptors are in circulation for the Dot Ransomware, and, since its builder offers variable options for its encryption mode, malware experts are unable to estimate the probability of one's development. While it's not highly advanced, the Trojan's baseline defenses, such as non-standard header data and code compression, also may hinder less competent or outdated security solutions from making an initial detection.
Preventing Trojan infections by practicing overall good Web-browsing habits and having active anti-malware protection always is preferable, but particularly in the light of Trojans like the Dot Ransomware with the capacity for causing permanent data loss. Any files of financial or personal importance always should be saved to a backup, such as a cloud server, to allow for restoring them in cases of encryption attacks. As of early March, one-third of most professional brands of anti-malware products also can detect and delete the Dot Ransomware as a threat.
Since the Dot Ransomware's family is just starting its marketing, PC users can anticipate seeing new variants of the Trojan for weeks to come. Protect your computers and what you save in them accordingly.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Dot 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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