Extractor Ransomware Description
The Extractor Ransomware is a Delphi-based Trojan that can create text-based extortion messages on your PC and block your files by modifying them with an encryption routine. The latter has the potential to render your digital media irrecoverable and prevents them from opening until you decrypt them, which requires a custom key. Use backups or help from appropriate third-party security experts to recover any blocked files after your anti-malware solutions remove the Extractor Ransomware.
Trojans Extracting Money under Duress
Though it's never been fully competitive with more popular languages like C++, the Delphi programming language is forming the crest of a new wave of recent, file-encrypting threats. Separate Trojans using it for their campaigns include the RSAUtil Ransomware, the Amnesia Ransomware, and the Extractor Ransomware. As the last of these, the Extractor Ransomware offers some possible clues as to its origins and distribution exploits, although other aspects of its payload are generic relatively.
Samples of the Extractor Ransomware are in circulation with Turkish-language filenames, potentially disguising the Trojan as a topology-related data file. Its author uses an InstallShield-based setup routine, although the Extractor Ransomware may show limited symptoms of being present until after it starts encrypting the local media. Types of data most likely of being attacked by this Trojan (and similar classifications of threats) include text documents, spreadsheets, music, pictures, local Web pages and compressed archives.
Malware experts also can verify the Extractor Ransomware's using the '.xxx' extension for identifying the files it encrypts, which gives it a symptom in common with unrelated threats, like the Taka Ransomware. The other, visible function from the Extractor Ransomware's payload is the creation of a Notepad message for ransoming your files, which includes a custom ID and an e-mail address for negotiating with the remote attacker.
Affordable Alternatives for Extracting Your Media from Wrong Hands
The Extractor Ransomware uses a highly non-standard serial number generator for tagging its victims, which can help to differentiate it from very similar, file-encrypting threats that require different decryption solutions. Other elements of the Extractor Ransomware's campaign also imply that its threat actor is trying to compromise business servers highly, instead of individual PCs. From their previous research, malware experts point out that such attacks are likely to come from e-mail spam campaigns or brute-force attacks against systems with bad password management particularly.
The use of complicated, unique, and often rotated passwords can prevent extortionists from gaining easy remote access to your servers. Standard anti-malware solutions also include varying degrees of protection against corrupted file attachments, including document-embedded exploits that may install Trojans automatically. However, even removing the Extractor Ransomware with an anti-malware product completely will not decrypt any locked files automatically.
With the Extractor Ransomware's threat actor keeping his ransom demands to himself, theoretical victims may want to think about just how high such non-guaranteed decryption services can get. Establishing and maintaining a backup is always a strategy malware experts can recommend in favor over paying for something that may never arrive.
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File System Modifications
The following files were created in the system:
file.exeFile name: file.exe
Size: 1.85 MB (1854732 bytes)
Detection count: 55
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 8, 2017