Ransed Ransomware

Posted: July 17, 2017
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 8

Ransed Ransomware Description

The Ransed Ransomware is a Trojan that locks your media so that it can demand money for unlocking them later. You may limit these encryption attacks by having good backup strategies, but free decryption utilities also may be compatible. Malware experts suggest that you block and remove the Ransed Ransomware preemptively with anti-malware programs whenever you can, and have similar software uninstalling it promptly if you can't prevent the infection.

2017 Trojans Showing Off GeoCities Aesthetics

First impressions are as important to threatening software attacks as they are everywhere else, but not every threat actor cares about the looks of their programs necessarily. The Ransed Ransomware is a new Trojan of an unknown family that malware researchers and other industry experts are calling out for having odd cosmetic choices that also reflect on its internal vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, these issues don't extend to its encryption routine, which remains adept at blocking data automatically.

The Ransed Ransomware doesn't give the user any symptoms while it searches for files to lock. Afterward, however, any encrypted content is identifiable from the new '.ransed' extensions the program places after any standard ones (for instance, 'kitten.jpg.ransed'). Once encrypted, these files (which can include JPG pictures, DOC documents and other media) will not open and require a corresponding decryption function for conversion back to normal.

The Ransed Ransomware finishes its attack with a signature, interactive pop-up window. The Comic Sans-formatted ransoming instructions, reminiscent of early Internet website services, gives the victim a time limit and an explanation of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency it demands as its payment before unlocking your files. Its threat actor is opting to bundle the decryptor with the Ransed Ransomware and automate the transaction-verifying process for enabling it. However, very unusually, the Ransed Ransomware uploads the 'customer' data to a remote MySQL database for storage without securing the login data.

Sending Old-Design Trojans to the History's Waste Bin

Even with misleading software, there sometimes is room for comedy. Besides a choice of ransom note cosmetics that makes the Ransed Ransomware resemble a teenager's Web page more than an attempt at extortion, the Ransed Ransomware also endangers its threat actor with its lack of security in C&C communications inadvertently. However, these issues don't handicap the Ransed Ransomware's encryption functionality, which, still, makes it viable as a danger to your local files.

Malware researchers recommend using backups that you update regularly and store on non-local devices to eliminate the worst file damage from threats like the Ransed Ransomware, Hidden Tear, and similar, file-encoding Trojans. Most threat actors favor spearheading their encryption-based attacks via message forgeries or exploit kits that run on compromised websites. Scanning attachments with anti-malware tools before opening them and disabling notably vulnerable content, like Java and Flash, can reduce the chances of an attack. Standard anti-malware applications also should delete the Ransed Ransomware automatically without issues.

As much as careless misdeeds endanger its perpetrators, as well as the victims, the Ransed Ransomware isn't a campaign that ends happily for everyone necessarily. Even if issues in its network communications lead to the imprisonment of the Ransed Ransomware's author, any files the Trojan encrypts may remain just as imprisoned as him.

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