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Scarab-Oneway Ransomware

Posted: July 10, 2018

The Scarab-Oneway Ransomware is a file-locker Trojan from the Scarab Ransomware's family and targets Russian and English speakers with file-ransoming attacks. Your PC may show a wide range of non-opening files, which also can display significant changes to their names that prevents identifying them individually. Because free decryption isn't possible necessarily, users should always protect their saved media with backups on other devices, and let their anti-malware products delete the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware for minimizing its potential for causing damage.

The Scarab-Oneway Ransomware Gets Two Ways to Shake Victims Down for Money

The regular updating and the creation of variants within the Scarab Ransomware family are resulting in a range of similar but separate file-locker Trojans, with easily-overlooked but not-unimportant changes in how they lock files or extort money. A mid-summer member of this family, the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware, is splitting the difference between the Russian and English branches by offering its ransoming messages in both languages. Depending on the version of the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware that infects the PC, the victim may or may not be capable of retrieving their files without paying.

The file-locking portion of the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware's payload is similar to that of other, recent members of the Scarab Ransomware's family, a group that includes the Scorpio Ransomware, the Scarabey Ransomware fork, the Scarab-Danger Ransomware, the Scarab-Bomber Ransomware, the Infovip@airmail.cc Ransomware and others. The Trojan encrypts various file formats using an AES-256 algorithm, which can prevent pictures, documents, archives, and other media from opening. While locking these files, the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware also changes their names intthe Base64 patterns and adds an extension ('.oneway').

Most versions of the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware's family drop either a Russian or English text file for their ransoming demands. Malware researchers are, unusually, seeing both languages in representation with the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware, which makes it one of the semi-rare, multi-lingual examples of file-locker Trojans. The demands are, otherwise, typical for the Scarab Ransomware, and include a fake warning about deleting files to pressure the victims into paying hastily.

The Safest Way of Walking Out of a One-Way Ransom

Since the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware and its numerous relatives include local backup-deleting features, the users may not be capable of recovering their files through the Windows' default features. Saving backups to another device is the typical solution to file-locking Trojans and other threats that damage the contents of your PC either temporarily or permanently. At the time being, malware researchers have yet to analyze the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware's compatibility with the free decryption tools for the Scarab Ransomware variants, but they discourage paying the ransom, under normal circumstances.

Networks are at risk for the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware infections after using non-safe password and username login combinations, which could help criminals launch brute-force attacks for gaining access. Some victims also may be targets of spamming e-mail campaigns that could drop threats through disguised, corrupted documents, such as fake PDF or DOC content. Professional anti-malware programs should be capable of deleting the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware and the rest of its family members without problems.

With its payload being less discriminating in the regions it's attacking, the Scarab-Oneway Ransomware may be a new format for the Scarab Ransomware family or an exception. Whether it's the former or the latter, this file-locker Trojan is a prompting to back your files up as often as possible.

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