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END of ISRAEL Ransomware

Posted: August 2, 2017

Threat Metric

Ranking: 12,004
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 4,991
First Seen: August 2, 2017
Last Seen: May 5, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The END of ISRAEL Ransomware is a Trojan that locks your files with encryption to keep you from opening them. Unlike most threats of its category, the END of ISRAEL Ransomware doesn't pressure the victim into paying money for a decryptor and provides no solutions to this data corruption. Having backups dating to before the infection is the safest way to protect your media, although most anti-malware programs should delete the END of ISRAEL Ransomware without letting its attacks finish.

Trojans Turning Your Files into Political Statements

Occasionally, politics even spills over into the nature of threatening software campaigns, although it's rare for a threat actor to prefer espousing a political opinion even more important than making money. Just such a case appears to be at the center of the design philosophy of the END of ISRAEL Ransomware. The greatest difference malware analysts are noting between this Trojan, and previous ones is its choice to avoid marketing a premium file decryptor.

At first, the END of ISRAEL Ransomware acts similarly to other, file-encoding threats. The Trojan searches for files on the PC and corrupts them with an encryption algorithm (the type not yet identifiable by malware experts, although the AES, RSA, and XOR are the most common choices in 2017). The END of ISRAEL Ransomware also creates a new extension for the locked files, although, possibly due to a bug, it appends this tag ('.israbye') multiple times.

The END of ISRAEL Ransomware also displays a desktop wallpaper, an HTML pop-up, and a Notepad text message. Ordinarily, all of these files would be 'ransom notes' containing the author's request for money, in return for giving the victim a file-unlocking decryptor. However, the END of ISRAEL Ransomware claims that it will restore your files 'when we recover Palestine,' along with other statements promoting an anti-Israel ideology. The absence of an included decryption option, even a fake one, makes the END of ISRAEL Ransomware classifiable as a disk wiper legitimately, or a Trojan that damages the PC's contents without intending to restore it.

Keeping Data Loss from Being as Perpetual as Middle Eastern Warfare

Other than its messages having a Middle Eastern audience in mind, the END of ISRAEL Ransomware's campaign is offering limited data about its current distribution methods. Trojans of this type may install themselves through misleading downloads offered on torrent networks or free software sites. In more specific instances, ones targeting NGOs, government systems or for-profit companies particularly, malware experts find file-encoding Trojans installing via e-mail messages and password-phishing strategies.

Users impacted by this threat may copy any damaged media for possible compatibility with free decryption programs or seek additional help from appropriate anti-malware researchers. For their part, anti-malware experts continue recommending storing backups remotely as the single, most dependable means of keeping your files intact. As a threat that often will have help from other Trojans for enabling its installation, you also should uninstall the END of ISRAEL Ransomware using security tools capable of correcting related issues.

Whether it's better to be charged vast amounts of money for your files or simply never see them again is a philosophical question that most users should never have to answer. Appropriate measures in PC security and data storage are all that's required to keep the END of ISRAEL Ransomware from turning a hard drive into another battlefield.

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