Criminals continue to use the most prevalent ransomware families of 2020 to unleash new file-lockers online. The STOP Ransomware has been very popular the past two years and, unfortunately, malware researchers continue to identify new file-lockers based on this infamous project. The latest version is called the Igdm Ransomware, and it carries out a devastating file-encryption attack that may be very difficult to recover from. The Igdm Ransomware uses the '.igdm' extension to mark the names of locked files, and it delivers the ransom message '_readme.txt' on the victim's desktop.
Users may come across the Igdm Ransomware when interacting with unknown email attachments, files served by non-trustworthy websites, or when trying to download pirated movies, games, and other software. Launching the Igdm Ransomware does not result in any immediately noticeable changes – the file-locker needs a few minutes to complete its task. Apart from encrypting and renaming files, it also attempts to disable the Windows System Restore and delete the Shadow Volume Copies.
The demands of Igdm Ransomware's operators are not surprising, and they are identical to the ones proposed by other versions of the STOP Ransomware. The criminals want to receive $490 worth of Bitcoin and threaten to double the ransom fee if the money is not paid soon. They list the emails email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org as the only ways to get in touch with them.
Victims of the Igdm Ransomware should ignore the perpetrators' offer and, instead, run an anti-virus tool to clean the infected files. After the Igdm Ransomware is gone, it is time to experiment with popular file recovery software.
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