The .[firstname.lastname@example.org] virus is a new iteration of the Scarab ransomware that has discovered in a live campaign targeting users worldwide. At the moment there is no information available about the hacker or criminal group that has launched it. The main source code of the virus has been changed in order to reflect the current attack wave, this gives us reasons to believe that the perpetrator is an experienced hacker.
As soon as the .[email@example.com] virus is deployed onto a given system it will start a built-in sequence of dangerous modules. Whenever they have completed running the final phase will be to start the file encryption process. A strong cipher will be used to affect target user data according to a built-in list of target file type extensions. They will be renamed with the .[firstname.lastname@example.org] extension and the victims will be extorted to pay a decryption fee to the hackers.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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.[email@example.com] Ransomware – Distribution and Impact
The infection can be caused with a variety of methods. One of the main ones is the sending of email phishing messages in a SPAM-like manner. Interaction with their contents can lead to the .[firstname.lastname@example.org] ransomware infection.
Another method is the creation and maintenance of malicious sites that pose as legitimate pages. They are designed to imitate sites such as search engines, download portals and landing pages. They are found on domain names that are similar to the legitimate pages.
The .[email@example.com] virus deployment code can be placed inside of payload carriers — software and malware documents. As soon as they are interacted with the infection will be started. They can be then easily uploaded to file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent.
Larger infections can be made by spreading browser hijackers which are dangerous plugins for web browsers. They are uploaded to extension repositories with fake or hacked user reviews and developer credentials. They will redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled page and also modify the settings of the browsers and hijack all contained within data.
Like other similar Scarab ransomware it will start a sequence of dangerous components. A popular an information gathering which can harvest data that can be used to identify both the users and the machines. The personal information about the victim users can reveal their name, address, phone numbers and any stored account data. The collected information can be used to identify if there are any running security software that can block the infection. The list of target engines includes: anti-virus engines, firewalls, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts. The personal information that is collected can expose the identity of the person — their name, address, phone number location and passwords.
As soon as the intrusion has been made further actions can be made against the infected computers. Common ones include the following:
- Persistent Installation — Scarab ransomware samples will the change boot options and system settings in order to launch automatically once the computer is powered on. This step can also disable access to the recovery menus which can render most manual user removal guides non-working. This is often combined with removal of sensitive data as backups and restore points.
- Windows Registry Values — The virus engine can modify existing values such as the ones used by applications and the operating system. This will lead to problems when using certain functions, data loss and unexpected errors.
- Additional Malware Delivery — The made infections with the .[firstname.lastname@example.org] ransomware and other related Scarab virus infections can deliver other threats such as Trojans, redirects and miners.
As soon as all modules have completed running the actual encryption process will begin. This will use a strong cipher in order to affect user data according to a built-in list of target file type extensions. Usually this includes all popular user data that is considered widely used. The victim files will be renamed with the associated .[email@example.com] extension and a generic Scarab ransomware note will be crafted in a file called READ ME.TXT
. Its contents will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee.
.[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware – What Does It Do?
.[email@example.com] Ransomware could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.[email@example.com] Ransomware is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .[email@example.com] Ransomware cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .[firstname.lastname@example.org] Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .[email@example.com] Files ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.