WickedLocker Ransomware Description
The WickedLocker Ransomware is a piece of crypto-threat based on HiddenTear, an open-source ransomware project that con artists may use to built ransomware that encrypts the victim's data quickly and then offers to help with decryption in exchange for money. The the WickedLocker Ransomware is not that different from other HiddenTear Ransomware variants like the KratosCrypt Ransomware and the DevNightmare Ransomware. Just like other variants of HiddenTear, the WickedLocker Ransomware uses an encryption algorithm that malware researchers can reverse successfully, and develop a working decryption utility that is guaranteed to recover the files of victims of the WickedLocker Ransomware.
When the WickedLocker Ransomware infects a computer, it does not notify the users that their files are being encrypted immediately. Instead, the ransomware injects its corrupted code in a background process, which scans through the user's hard drive quickly, and marks the files that will be encrypted later. Since ransomware authors prefer to have their corrupted software work as quickly as possible, they program it only to encrypt particular file types like documents, spreadsheets, photos, small media files, databases, backup files, and file extensions used by popular computer software suites. The WickedLocker Ransomware is the same, and it will only encrypt files that are used to store important or sensitive information that victims would like to restore as soon as possible.
The WickedLocker Ransomware does not use a custom file extension to mark the files it locks. However, users will still be able to recognize which of their files have been locked easily, because the WickedLocker Ransomware creates a new ransom note for each encrypted file by using the following naming pattern 'READ_IT .txt' (e.g. the ransom note for 'document.txt' will be 'READ_IT document.txt'). The ransom message that the WickedLocker Ransomware leaves behind is rather short, and it simply instructs users to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and questions, as well as that they are required to pay 1 Bitcoin if they want to learn how to recover their files.
Paying the ransom fee that the WickedLocker Ransomware demands is not recommended, because there is not even a single guarantee that the attackers will help you when you send the money. Furthermore, some of the existing decryptors for HiddenTear variants might be able to restore your files successfully, so you should give this a try before attempting any other file recovery operations. Don't forget that your top priority at the moment should be to eliminate the WickedLocker Ransomware infection with the help of a reliable computer security tool.
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Posted: November 14, 2016
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