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Reco Ransomware

Posted: October 9, 2019

The Reco Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan that can encrypt your text documents, pictures, and other media. This encryption is, in a majority of attacks, not reversible without the paid help of the threat actor. However, victims always can establish backups for recovery solutions, and use anti-malware products for blocking infections and deleting the Reco Ransomware.

Trojans Bundling with All the Entertainment You Crave

File-locking Trojans from the STOP Ransomware family can come from e-mail attachments with misrepresented contents (such as fake invoices) or get their installations through criminals who take admin control over a server that they've brute-forced their way inside. However, neither of these is pertinent for the latest variant, the Reco Ransomware, which uses the well-worn road of torrents for its attacks.

The Reco Ransomware is another variant of its well-known Ransomware-as-a-Service, a business that hires its versions out to other criminals who choose the name (and its corresponding extension), targets and distribution strategy. It encrypts media, such as the victim's documents, by sending them through an AES algorithm and locking the key to it with an RSA one. Through this technique, the Reco Ransomware, and relatives like the Djvu Ransomware, the Pidom Ransomware, the Skymap Ransomware and the Lotej Ransomware, are highly-proficient at turning digital media into hostages.

To get access to random targets, the Reco Ransomware uses torrents, a decentralized file-distribution system. Disguises exploited by its campaign include prominent video game titles, codes, and cracks associated with them, premium picture-editing software like Photoshop and other pirated software products. Since many Trojans' installers will bundle with the intended download, this hiding method gives the Reco Ransomware all the time it needs for encrypting files in the background.

Safety from Getting More Software than You Wanted

Avoiding illicit download links can provide an extremely efficient way of evading many attacks by STOP Ransomware's variants, which are a worldwide phenomenon. Despite that efficiency, users shouldn't let down their guard and continue exercising care over their password choices, closing off Remote Desktop features that aren't necessary, and installing security patches as soon as they're available. Recent versions of the Reco Ransomware's family (unlike, for instance, the Muhstik Ransomware), aren't decryptable with a free tool usually.

Storing backups responsible offers another haven from any file-locking Trojan, whether it belongs to the family of STOP Ransomware, is a spin-off of semi-public projects like Hidden Tear, or is independent. Due to increases in targeting network-attached storage devices and network-shared drives, many users may benefit from using protected cloud services or removable storage. USBs, DVDs, and CDs can offer data recovery choices without calling for breaking a sometimes-unbreakable algorithm.

Anti-malware tools also will delete nearly all versions of STOP Ransomware quickly and can remove the Reco Ransomware from infected computers, if the users scan their systems sufficiently promptly.

The Reco Ransomware has legs that walk, but only because of the greed of those who circulate its tempting downloads. Software that's without a price will cost its users something else than upfront cash – such as their digital work.

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