The ransomware market & attacks in the first half of 2018

According to most statistics, ransomware attacks decreased almost 30% over the past 12 months. Apparently, good news, but there’s a catch, as the “market” has more room for even more sophisticated ransomware variants. It is exactly what happened, the number of attacks dropped, but the level of complexity among the new variants increased. Many factors […]

Ranstop blocks PrincessLocker Evolution ransomware

Test subject – PrincessLocker Evolution ransomware PrincessLocker first emerged in 2016, and since then, several versions and variants were released. We covered one of these in this article. This one is called “Evolution” and it was quickly advertised as a RaaS (ransomware as a service) by the malware developers. This means that anybody willing to […]

Ranstop stops LockyLocker ransomware

Test subject – LockyLocker ransomware LockyLocker (also known as PyLocker) is a new ransomware which made its way to the digital world at the end of July, mostly via email campaigns. It was also discovered bundled alongside legitimate software, made with InnoSetup, so this should serve as a heads-up. It’s worth mentioning that this particular […]

Ranstop blocks DBGer ransomware

Test subject – DBGer ransomware A new Satan variant was recently released, having quite a few updates. It’s called DBGer, named after the extension it adds to the encrypted files. Satan has been around for quite some time, and it is very popular among cybercriminals, mostly because of their Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) portal, which makes it […]

Ranstop blocks Scarab ransomware

Test subject – Scarab ransomware Scarab ransomware family has been very active in the past few weeks. More than five variants were discovered just last week, dominating the ransomware market, and it looks like its developers continue to release new versions. Today’s video will cover the “bomber” variant, named after the extension it appends to […]

Ranstop blocks CryBrazil ransomware

Test subject – CryBrazil ransomware Another HiddenTear based ransomware got released these days, called CryBrazil. The opensource platform initially created for educational purposes only was quickly adopted by malware developers who continue to develop and release new variants. Some of them are also decryptable, but most of them are not, making HiddenTear infections quite dangerous. […]

Ranstop blocks RedEye ransomware

Test subject – RedEye ransomware RedEye, the ransomware of choice for this article and video, was created by the developers of the infamous Annabelle (also Jigsaw, possibly a few others) and has only one purpose: to bring terror and destruction among its victims. There’s no way around, once your PC is infected, you will lose […]

Ranstop blocks GandCrab v3 ransomware

Test subject – GandCrab v3 ransomware We already covered the first version of GandCrab, but since then, two new versions were released. The developers promised to come back after their first command & control servers were seized, and they also managed to add new features to their malicious creation. Some things didn’t change though, the […]

Ranstop blocks XiaoBa ransomware

Test subject – Xiaoba ransomware Xiaoba has evolved from a simple ransomware to a file destroying coinminer. This is mainly due to some bugs in the code, but now is back with yet another version, which only encrypts files and demands a ransom to get them back, as any other ransomware does. Discovered in October […]

Ranstop blocks Iron ransomware

Test subject –Iron ransomware Iron is an unsual combination of three popular ransomware variants: Maktub, DMA Locker, and Satan. It borrows elements from each of these, both operational and visual, making it difficult to classify. Original Maktub allowed the free recovery of one encrypted file, Iron, however, doesn’t. It encrypts 374 file extensions, including some […]