Ransom32 Ransomware

Posted: January 5, 2016
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs 295

Ransom32 Ransomware Description

The Ransom32 Ransomware is a JavaScript-based file encryptor that scans for files of particular formats, encrypts them to make them unreadable, and finally displays a ransom message to force you to purchase a decryption key. Although the Ransom32 Ransomware's development platform of choice is historically important, the Ransom32 Ransomware shows no signs of having significant features over similar threats, besides a low AV detection rate. For now, malware experts can continue emphasizing the intelligent use of data backup strategies for preventing any file damage, while also using anti-malware products to delete the Ransom32 Ransomware and related threats.

A Ransom Riding on the Back of a Development Kit

JavaScript, while a common element in the delivery of threatening software, rarely has much direct involvement in the underlying code of the threats that they help install. However, 2016 has shown an exception to that rule in the Ransom32 Ransomware, a fully-featured file encryption Trojan operating solely off of JavaScript, rather than C++ or another, 'standard' coding language. The Ransom32 Ransomware operates under JW.js, a derivative of Node-WebKit. This platform works on the same principles as JavaScript functionality in your Web browser, but with many of the limitations removed.

The Ransom32 Ransomware uses these capabilities to scan for files on your hard drive of appropriate types, such as MP4 audio files, Office documents, spreadsheets and JPG images. The data targeted by the Ransom32 Ransomware goes through a 128-bit AES encryption process that security experts at Emsisoft have, so far, deemed unbreakable. The files are unusable without a corresponding decryption routine, which is a service the Ransom32 Ransomware offers at a premium through a pop-up message.

The Ransom32 Ransomware also uses a straightforward control interface for its administrators, including supporting attack options, such as the ability to 'fully lock' the computer, display other forms of pop-ups or modify its ransom fee.

Keeping Your PC out of the Targeting Framework of New Ransomware

The Ransom32 Ransomware's developers rent their threat's services out to other people on a rental basis, profiting from a percentage of any ransoms paid. This business model, which is popular in the threat industry, means the Ransom32 Ransomware could see distribution through a range of different strategies. However, to date, the Ransom32 Ransomware only has been seen using Windows-based infection methods transferred via e-mail attachments. Malware experts do warn that the JavaScript platform could let third parties redesign the Ransom32 Ransomware for targeting non-Windows systems extremely easily.

Both because of its relative newness to the threat industry and its unique coding language, the Ransom32 Ransomware has only a minority of detections with most anti-malware vendors, many of which are generic. However, the Ransom32 Ransomware does use an unusually large (over twenty megabyte) file size, which could make it slightly more visible during delivery. PC users who want to protect their data from the Ransom32 Ransomware should, instead of paying its ransom, use a remote file backup storage that can block the Ransom32 Ransomware from compromising any essential files. Updated anti-malware products still should be used for detecting and removing the Ransom32 Ransomware from your system.

Of course, refraining from opening suspicious e-mail attachments also offers a surefire way of avoiding the Ransom32 Ransomware's current campaign.

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