‘.xyz File Extension’ Ransomware

Posted: January 20, 2016
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs 77

‘.xyz File Extension’ Ransomware Description

The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware is a recent file encryptor that may be an update of TeslaCrypt. The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware scans for files on your PC, uses an encryption routine to block them from opening and sells a decryption service to its victims. Since there is a significant degree of unreliability in paying file decrypting ransoms, preferable countermeasures include using robust backups and having anti-malware tools capable of identifying and removing the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware (or its installer) before its payload can initiate.

The ABCs of an XYZ Ransom Hoax

The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware is part of a handful of new threats emerging from updates to TeslaCrypt, which may be identifying itself incorrectly as the CryptoWall Ransomware to slow the work of PC security researchers. Besides the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware, new variants our malware analysts can confirm include the '.ecc File Extension' Ransomware, the '.xxx File Extension,' and the '.ttt File Extension' Ransomware. Because of updates affecting how the file encryptor's key stores itself, the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware has no known decryptor available that could reverse its attacks directly.

The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware's campaign is similar to that of other file encryptors and involves scanning for non-essential data that it can encrypt. The encryption process prevents other applications from launching them, and any attempts at doing so will deliver generic error messages. The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware also places ransom instructions in HTML and TXT formats inside the folders holding any encrypted files, recommending paying its administrators for the privilege of restoring your files.

Currently, the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware campaign only can be confirmed for targeting Windows systems. Windows restore point data may be deleted in the process of a '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware infection, which keeps any victims from rolling back their OS to an earlier, safe state.

How to Extend Your Files Beyond the Reach of the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware

The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware represents a significant attempt by its developers at modernizing a ransomware campaign and blocking previous security solutions offered by different PC security researchers. However, due to its reliance on tricking victims into transferring their money intentionally, malware analysts still have found the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware vulnerable to good file storage practices and basic education about ransomware. Files protected by high-quality backup standards, such as being backed up to a removable device that is unplugged regularly, can be restored over encrypted data, instead of trying to reverse the encryption.

The '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware and other variations of the TeslaCrypt Ransomware don't install themselves, but usually are parts of the payloads of other threats, such as a Trojan dropper. While removing the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware, PC users should incorporate solutions that let professional anti-malware tools analyze the compromised system for other threats of all types. However, even the most in-depth anti-malware scans can't provide file-decrypting services, which are the purview of specialized utilities, often designed for threats such as the '.xyz File Extension' Ransomware on a case-by-case basis.

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