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XRat Ransomware

Posted: August 17, 2016

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 46
First Seen: August 12, 2016
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Xrat Ransomware is a file encryption Trojan based on the Xorist Ransomware kit. In keeping with that builder's scope, the XRat Ransomware scans for specific data types and uses a cipher to make them unreadable. The Xrat Ransomware then loads a ransom note that promises to restore your content after you pay its fee. Ideally, you should protect your data against these attacks with standard backup strategies, and use anti-malware products as needed for uninstalling the Xrat Ransomware.

A New Rat Nibbling Away at Your Files

In the sometimes creatively bankrupt threat industry, the accessibility of even one easy-to-use threat kit or open-source project can instigate countless revisions and variants of the same program. One of the most recent examples of this phenomenon of threat-developing productivity is the XRat Ransomware, a Trojan built from the construction kit also responsible for the Xorist Ransomware. Accordingly, the Xorist Ransomware also encompasses that threat's capacity for locking files with data-ciphering attacks.

The Xrat Ransomware scans for non-essential files on any local and removable drives and modifies them in two ways, one of which blocks them from being used, the other helps victims identify the scope of the damage. The Xorist Ransomware uses an unidentified encryption method to rearrange each file's internal data, which keeps them from opening. The Trojan also appends a custom text to each name: the '.C0rp0r@c@0Xr@' extension.

As a final act, the XRat Ransomware drops ransom notes in Notepad text messages and desktop-hijacking images. Like many Trojans before it, the XRat Ransomware also includes references to Anonymous in its extortion communications. Malware experts have found no tangible ties between the XRat Ransomware campaign and that organization, making its possible connection a probable bluff for facilitating quick ransom payments.

Exterminating a Trojan Vermin Before It Infests Your Hard Drive

Readers should note that the XRat Ransomware is not a member of the RAT (or 'Remote Access Trojan') category of threats, and doesn't incorporate features, such as backdoor control, that are common to RATs. On the other hand, the XRat Ransomware's payload does include the possibility of blocking your data and saved work in perpetuity. Victims may consider using previous, free decryption tools made available for the Xorist Ransomware, which also may counteract the attacks of minor variants like the XRat Ransomware. If decryption fails, restoring from a backup may be the only solution.

Malware experts also took notice of the language of choice in the XRat Ransomware's ransom messages. While Portuguese is associated with Portugal naturally, it also is linked to Brazil, the host of the 2016 Olympics. The campaign for the XRat Ransomware may be an attempt to profit from the increased digital traffic and commercial transactions associated with that event, in a fashion similar to that of the Sphinx banking Trojan.

Regardless of its intentions, removing the XRat Ransomware through anti-malware tools will stop it from launching any future attacks that continue damaging your files. As long as there's money to be made, even through international sporting events, PC users will need to find ways to protect themselves from new threats.

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