Stampado Ransomware

Posted: July 14, 2016
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 7

Stampado Ransomware Description

The Stampado Ransomware is a Trojan that uses the AES encryption for encoding your files and preventing you from opening them. The highly visible symptoms of the Stampado Ransomware attacks include automatically-loaded pop-up messages for processing its ransoms, as well as renamed format tags on all affected data. Because the Stampado Ransomware may deliver itself through a variety of vectors, malware experts advise keeping general anti-malware precautions available for finding or removing the Stampado Ransomware before it causes any damage.

A Bull Rush of Cheap Threats to the Market

Many PC owners may think of a threatening program's creator and its distributor as the same entity, but in the modern black market for file encrypting Trojans, the truth is somewhat different. Many threat coders make their livings off of selling their creations to other con artists, who take all the risk of implementing threats into new campaigns for profits. The Stampado Ransomware is a recent example of such a business strategy in action, with its developers using a marketing campaign that extends throughout 'dark web' forums and even incorporates instructional YouTube videos.

Available for a lifetime use fee of under fifty USD, the Stampado Ransomware is drastically cheaper than other file encryptors malware experts have seen on the market, which typically price themselves at monthly fees of hundreds of dollars. The Stampado Ransomware's creators claim that their Trojan includes all of the major features found in the often-imitated CryptoLocker, and offer video displays of their threat's AES-256 encryption method, pop-up ransoming process and a file renaming feature.

The Stampado Ransomware also includes additional functions not related directly to the ability to encrypt your data. Like the Jigsaw Ransomware, the Stampado Ransomware deletes random files periodically while its ransom remains unpaid. The Stampado Ransomware also provides a live countdown timer before it wipes the custom decryption key.

Trampling Cheap Threats Under the Foot of Security Standards

The Stampado Ransomware, which dubs itself from a Spanish term that translates to trampling or a violent, noisy scampering action, is one of the most affordable threat products to date for third-party threat actors to customize for their campaigns.The Stampado Ransomware can deliver itself in diverse executable formats, from DLL to SCR, and may use a variety of other encryption or code-obfuscation options. Content encrypted by the Stampado Ransomware will share their new '.locked' extension with other threat families, including the EduCrypt Ransomware.

As with some of the more streamlined and well-developed threats of 2015, the Stampado Ransomware's ransom method includes an in-depth user interface for its pop-up messages. This 'user-friendly' experience, coupled with the threat of potentially deleted files, may make it more tempting than otherwise for a victim to pay whatever fee the Stampado Ransomware's renter demands for his campaign. Nonetheless, malware experts still advise against this form of data recovery, unless all other options fail.

Although its marketing efforts on underground forums are prolific, the Stampado Ransomware has yet to be seen in 'live' deployment against any target. Until malware researchers or other industry experts can acquire samples of this threat, free decryption may be difficult or impossible. PC owners should protect their PCs by keeping safe backups of all vital data, and using anti-malware tools for deleting the Stampado Ransomware, in worst case scenarios.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Stampado Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:



dirESET NOD32 keygen.exe File name: ESET NOD32 keygen.exe
Size: 886.29 KB (886299 bytes)
MD5: dd5686ca7ec28815c3cf3ed3dbebdff2
Detection count: 4
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: dir
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: July 21, 2016
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