GetCrypt is a recently released ransomware, distributed using malware campaigns, which redirect users to the RIG exploit kit, finally detonating the payload, the ransomware itself. It attacks vulnerable Windows PCs set to any language, except Russian, Ukrainian and a few others, probably pointing to its origins while doing so.
GetCrypt ransomware – test findings
The attack starts by tricking the user into clicking on links which point to the exploit kit. This is a software combo, which tries to find several vulnerabilities in the system. Once it finds some, it will try to exploit them, in order to gain different privileges on the system, like execution rights. If successful, it will download and execute a malicious payload, in this case, the ransomware.
The ransomware, once executed, it will first try to contact some IP addresses, then scan some machine particularities to build a machine-specific extension, which it will append to the encrypted files. It will also delete shadow volume copies of the files, which are backups done by the operating system if the feature is activated. It will not try to bypass the User Account Control, as you can see in the video as well.
Once encryption begins, it will encrypt any file, regardless of their extension. However, it will avoid some critical system folders, like the Windows folder.
Usually, ransomware will not limit encryption to local drives and will try to encrypt network shares as well. Accessible network shares, that is. But GetCrypt goes a little further, it will also try to bruteforce these shares if the OS stored credentials prove to be insufficient. This method is rarely seen in the ransomware world, very few of them bundle lists of usernames and passwords to hack into other systems this way.
Once everything is encrypted, it will change the desktop wallpaper with a partial ransom note (still an image of course) and drop ransom notes in text files in a few attacked folders, like the Desktop. The ransom note instructs the victim how to recover the files… by paying.
As always, we will never recommend contacting these cybercriminals in any way.
GetCrypt ransomware vs Ranstop – test results
TEMASOFT Ranstop detects this version of GetCrypt ransomware soon after it starts encrypting files. Upon detection, alerts are triggered, and the malware process is blocked and quarantined. The affected files are automatically recovered so that the user doesn’t lose any critical document.
About TEMASOFT Ranstop
TEMASOFT Ranstop is an anti-ransomware software that detects present and future ransomware, based on file access pattern analysis with a high degree of accuracy. At the same time, it protects user files so that they can be restored in case of malware attacks or accidental loss.
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