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Posted: April 25, 2016

Threat Metric

Ranking: 11,765
Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 40
First Seen: April 25, 2016
Last Seen: June 16, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware is a Trojan that runs your files through an encryption routine, after which other programs will not be able to read them. The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware follows this attack with ransom messages delivered in multiple formats, intending to encourage paying ransom fees to its developers, who proffer a matching decryption service. Since such means of data recovery are inherently unreliable, malware experts prefer recommending that any victims protect their data through other strategies, and use anti-malware programs for removing the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware if it's needed.

The Threat that's All Too Happy to Shout that It's Here

Although some of the highest-level threats, such as Keylogger Zeus and its 'Man-in-the-Middle' browser attacks are known for their degree of subterfuge, not all threats are equally stealth-focused. The easy availability of ransomware creation kits and black hat coding resources has given rise to Trojans such as the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware, which uses multiple means of letting the PC owner know of its presence. Changed file names, redundant text instructions, and a hijacked wallpaper all are signs leading towards the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware's payload: ransoming your data for money.

The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware installs itself initially as a temporary file with a semi-random numerical name, such as '420.tmp,' placed in an easily-overlooked location. Some of the usual target destinations include the AppData folder and the Temp folder. The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware then conducts the following attacks:

  • The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware encrypts the first sixty-four kilobytes of appropriate data, such as images, spreadsheets or movies, by using an unknown (but most likely AES-based) algorithm. All affected files are renamed to use the '.h3ll' extension after their default extensions.
  • <The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware also deletes any local backup data that could restore your information, including Windows Shadow Volume Copies.
  • Lastly, the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware drops ransom messages on your PC that instruct you on using the Bitmessage client to communicate with its admins and pay an unspecified ransom fee.

Other than preferring an alternative to the typical payment communications based on e-mail or the TOR browser, the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware shows few changes from the patterns of past file encryption Trojans. However, its payload can still compromise your local data and leave it effectively unrecoverable.

Hacking Your Data out of a Trojan's Grasp

Some variants of the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware may delete their primary components after finishing their payload routines, which has no impact on the damage already done to your files. Malware experts always advise using anti-malware tools to verify the presence or lack of threatening software after seeing any of the symptoms described earlier in this article. To date, the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware's preferred distribution method remains unidentified. Most ransomware campaigns utilize e-mail-based infection methods, although some favor other techniques, such as a Web page-based exploit kit.

Even though the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware only affects the first sixty-four kilobytes of files that most likely have much larger overall sizes, the impact of its encryption routine makes this content unusable. You can protect your PC's data from harmful encryption by storing redundant backups in secure locations, such as a cloud server. The YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware has no network-related distribution or attack capabilities, although malware experts still suggest isolating any infected PC from others until you've deleted the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware. You may need to update your anti-malware products to remove the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware accurately, which has been known to avoid identification by current AV solutions.

As usual, a measure of forethought is significantly easier (and cheaper) than following the advice of Trojans like the YOUGOTHACKED Ransomware after an infection.

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