Locky Ransomware has been discovered that encrypt your all stored data. The name Locky Ransomware sounds like childish but in real it is a money making monster. If you can see your file’s extension are changed by .locky then you are in serious trouble. Because the files infected by the locky ransomware changes it’s extension to .locky .
What is Locky Ransomware ?
Locky Ransomware a type of virus that encrypts your stored data on local drive as well as on the shared network. If your files has been infected by locky than you have to pay .5 bitcoins (290.46$) to unlock your files.Locky ransomware is using AES encryption to encrypt the files. AES encryption is a Advanced Encryption Standard that is used to protect the data with a strong password. Hackers are using this encryption method to lock down the victim’s files and victim’s files cannot be unlocked until victim do not pay for the decryption key.
How Locky Ransomware Attacks?
Spreading virus through the email spamming campaigns is the common method that hackers are using. Locky Ransomware is also spreading through the email spamming campaigns. Do you know How locky ransomware attacks?. If No , then here is your answer. Hacker sends an email to victims with Title as given below,
Title : ATTN: Invoice J-62818225
You can see above the email contains a attached file , when ever victims open that attached file he will able to see a pop up message ” Enable Macros To See The Attachment”
The attached file contains a malicious script which can be executed when ever victims enables the macros. Whenever victims enable the macros a script will run behind the eyes of victim and downloads a execute-able file. The downloaded execute-able file stores in the %Temp% folder which executes and encrypts all the files that is stored on that computer and on the shared network.
Effects Of Locky Ransomware:
Locky ransomware behaves like other ransomware like Jigsaw Ransomware, Crptyxxx Ransomware AND TeslaCrypt Ransomware. But these other Ransomware are successfully decrypted by the security experts.
However the Locky Ransomware is still not able to decrypt for free. Locky locks the computer data using AES algorithm. Locky runs on the victims computer and assign a unique 16 hexadecimal number to victim. Locky do a deep scan on the local computer drives and the shared UN-mapped drives for find the available files for encrypt.
Locky ransomware is able to encrypt all the documents files, Video files and Audio files. More ever the extension of the files that are able to encrypt by Locky is given below.
.mid, .wma, .flv, .mkv, .mov, .avi, .asf, .mpeg, .vob, .mpg, .wmv, .fla, .swf, .wav, .qcow2, .vdi, .vmdk, .vmx, .gpg, .aes, .ARC, .PAQ, .tar.bz2, .tbk, .bak, .tar, .tgz, .rar, .zip, .djv, .djvu, .svg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .raw, .cgm, .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .tiff, .NEF, .psd, .cmd, .bat, .class, .jar, .java, .asp, .brd, .sch, .dch, .dip, .vbs, .asm, .pas, .cpp, .php, .ldf, .mdf, .ibd, .MYI, .MYD, .frm, .odb, .dbf, .mdb, .sql, .SQLITEDB, .SQLITE3, .asc, .lay6, .lay, .ms11 (Security copy), .sldm, .sldx, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppam, .docb, .mml, .sxm, .otg, .odg, .uop, .potx, .potm, .pptx, .pptm, .std, .sxd, .pot, .pps, .sti, .sxi, .otp, .odp, .wks, .xltx, .xltm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .slk, .xlw, .xlt, .xlm, .xlc, .dif, .stc, .sxc, .ots, .ods, .hwp, .dotm, .dotx, .docm, .docx, .DOT, .max, .xml, .txt, .CSV, .uot, .RTF, .pdf, .XLS, .PPT, .stw, .sxw, .ott, .odt, .DOC, .pem, .csr, .crt, .key, wallet.dat
When ever you open any file that is infected by the Locky Ransomware you will able to see the following screen that shows, ” You files has been infected by the Ransomware pay the required amount to the given payment details in order to decrypt your locked files”
How To Decrypt Locky Ransomware?
There is only two methods available that will help you to discover your locked files that has been infected by the Locky ransomware.
- Restore Your Computer To Previously Restore Point ( If Available ).
- Pay To Ransomware Owner ( Don’t Go For This ).
If your files has been infected by the ransomware then you can discover it by restoring your computer to the previously made restore point. Restore points are made manually by the computer users, due to which this method will not work for all. Only those people can recover those files which have made restore points on their computer. If there was not any restore point made on your machine then forget your data.
Second way to decrypt your files is to pay the ransomware for the decryption key or the locky ransomware decryptor. The security experts strictly do not suggested to pay for the decryption key, because there is no surity that the ransomware’s owner will provide you the decryption key or not after getting payment.
How To Be Safe From Locky Ransomware?
- All antivirus are failed to prevent the locky infection However i found a Antivirus named ” Panda Adaptive Defense 360 ” which is able to stop the prevention of Locky on your computer as well as on the network.
How Adaptive Defense 360 Can Stop Locky ?
Adaptive Defense 360 works totally different from the other Antivirus software. It analyze all processes of the machine and depending on the behavior, classification of the running processes. ADP 360 do a deep scan on the running processes and identifies and cleans the any kind of malware which is known or unknown using advanced defined rules. Adaptive Defense 360 have ability to detect and clean a virus that is written before 15 minutes.
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