Cryptojoker ransomware is another name to the ransomware list.
2016 is shaping up as the year of ransomware and victims already paid $209 million to ransomeware Criminals in Q1 2016 according to FBI.
Cryptojoker ransomware also encrypts various files. But all files are encrypted using AES-256 encryption.After encryption, users get a message informing them to pay ransom in bitcoins.
Files encrypted generally are .txt, .doc, .docx, .ppt, etc
How Cryptojoker works?
- CryptoJoker is distributed as a .PDF file with email attachment.
- Once the CryptoJoker’s .PDF file is executed, a number of malicious files are downloaded/generated within the %AppData% or %Temp% folders.
- Each files will perform various tasks such as :
- Send information to the Command & Control server
- Polling for active Regedit or Taskmgr processes
- Terminating them
- It then adds a .crjoker extension to each encrypted file.
- There will be a displayed message which shares all information regarding the encryption
- Message also guide users to pay ransom within the given time frame, otherwise the private key (which is used to decrypt files) will be deleted and it will become impossible to recover the files affected by CryptoJoker.
- The message contains step-by-step payment instructions delivered in English and Russian.
According to Barkly survey less than half of ransomware victims fully recover their data, even with backup. So prevention is better than cure.
Few preventive tips for Cryptojoker Ransomware:
- Have a backup of all your files
- Pay attention to your PC’s behavior.
- Avoid shady sites and have a good email security solution
- Be careful when opening new e-mails from unknown senders.
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