Posted: June 27, 2018 Ransomware Description

The Ransomware is an update of the file-locking Trojan Iron Ransomware. Although its attacks don't affect any files that are critical for the running of your operating system, they can block recreational media, work documents, and even gaming content, such as saves and replays. Follow the data restoration method in this article, if required, before deleting the Ransomware with an appropriate anti-malware program.

Seeing Advancements in Trojan Metallurgy

The fusion of the Maktub Ransomware and the Satan Ransomware, using the label of the Iron Ransomware, is getting a technical update whose features aren't intended for its regular victims. Rather than adding new attack-based functionality, the Ransomware's development is defensive and uses several methods of avoiding analysis by cyber-security researchers. Malware experts observe that the Trojan even goes so far as to search for strings associated with specific researchers in the industry.

Virtual Machine setups and sandboxes are typical features inside of PCs dedicated to threat analysis, and the Ransomware includes a variety of new features not found inside of the Iron Ransomware for obfuscating itself explicitly. If it detects such an environment, the Ransomware may self-terminate without launching its payload, which, still, consists of locking files with encryption. However, most anti-malware software brands remain capable of identifying the Ransomware infections accurately.

If it compromises a 'normal' PC that doesn't trigger a failsafe successfully, the Ransomware runs an encryption routine using both AES and RSA ciphers for locking different files. Examples of formats malware experts point out for likely blocking include documents, pictures, other work media, and even video gaming files (such as World of Tank replays). The Trojan finishes by blocking the screen with a Web page-based pop-up for demanding Bitcoins before giving the user the file unlocker.

A Thriftier Way of Recovering Files

Not all versions of the Iron Ransomware include the Shadow Volume Copy-deleting features that most file-locking threats employ. Users may try recovering any encrypted media from these local backups, first, although malware experts always advise keeping other copies of essential data on separate storage devices. Secure backup locations could include both cloud-based solutions and portable drives that remain detached during the time of infection.

Most Trojans of the Ransomware's classification involve distribution exploits that take advantage of spam e-mails, document-based macros, or brute-forcing weak passwords and RDP features. Despite these statistical trends, malware analysts also, sometimes, find outliers, which can use tactics like Web-browser-loading exploit kits or piracy-rich downloading networks. Anti-malware applications can block the Ransomware and delete it through most infection vectors securely, excepting those that use manual installation by a threat actor, such as brute-force attacks.

The Ransomware is more of an update for the convenience of the threat actor than for endangering new victims any more than usual. At the same time, one could ask if this file-locking Trojan needs any more payload enhancements, considering the apparent profitability of its harmful encryption.

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