Red Alert Ransomware

Posted: January 4, 2017
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 9

Red Alert Ransomware Description

The Red Alert Ransomware may look and behave like a unique piece of crypto-threat, but it is nothing more than a slightly modified variant of the HiddenTear ransomware project that is used to spawn new ransomware variants regularly. Just like other HiddenTear-based crypto-threat, the Red Alert Ransomware also is decryptable, and victims of this threat should be able to get their files back, as long as they can find one original version of an encrypted file. The authors of the Red Alert Ransomware took their time to include a custom wallpaper and image files that will be used to display the ransom note to the victims, but they did not bother to change the default '.locked' extension that HiddenTear appends to the names of all encrypted files.

A Fake Red Alert Raised by another HiddenTear Variant

Crypto-threat infections have been increasing in the past year gradually, and many malware researchers predict that ransomware will continue being the leading trend among cybercrooks in 2017. This is why users are advised to take the necessary measures to protect their computers from ransomware infections by making sure their anti-virus software is up & running at all times. It also is important to remember the top techniques that ransomware authors may use to distribute their corrupted products. The top method used to spread ransomware is spam e-mail messages, which contain a corrupted attachment or link to a Web destination used to host an exploit kit. This is why the most important things users must remember, is to be extra careful when reviewing incoming e-mail messages, especially if they contain an attached file.

When the Red Alert Ransomware carries out its attack, it drops several files to the user's desktop – 'ransom.jpg' & 'message.txt.' The image file is set as the default desktop background automatically, and it simply tells users that their files have been encrypted, and they need to open 'message.txt' if they want to learn how they can get their data back. The good news is that due to HiddenTear's flawed encryption, victims of the Red Alert Ransomware don't need to contact the attackers to get their files back. Instead, they can rely on a free HiddenTear decryptor to get their files back. However, users must not forget that the decryption tool can't remove the ransomware from their computers, and they'll need to run a reputable anti-malware tool to take care of the corrupted application immediately.

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