A new ransomware infection, similar to WannaCry ransomware virus has been detected by security experts. The ransomware adds the .hacked file extension to the files encrypted by it after which drops a ransom note in the form of a program with a padlock image, asking victims to pay 0.5 BTC in order to get their encrypted files decrypted and working again. If you are one of the victims of this virus, it is advisable to read the article below.
|Short Description||Encrypts the files on the infected computer and then asks victims to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to have them decrypt the data.|
|Symptoms||Appends the .hacked file extension and a ransom note with instructions appears as a pop-up program on the desktop.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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Hacked Ransomware – How Did I Get Infected With It
The primary infection method of Hacked ransomware is via spammed e-mail messages. Such may include deceitful claims in them that money has been drawn from your bank account, for example, only to get you to open the malicious e-mail attachments within them. They are usually files of the following file types:
If the files are Microsoft Word document they have a message in them that usually may ask you to click on the “Enable Content” button which directly causes the infection via malicious macros.
Besides those, other methods of infection with Hacked ransomware ,may include uploading the infection file on torrent websites from hacked accounts. The file may pose as a fake setup or other type of fake file.
Analysis of Hacked Ransomware
On first glance, the ransom note of Hacked ransomware looks very similar to WannaCry ransomware, only it is in blue color. This may suggest that it is one of the many WannaCry ransomware copycats that started pouring out 1 month after the outbreak of the virus.
The ransom note of the virus gives a deadline of 3 days for the ransom to be paid. It is one of the multiple files which the Hacked virus drops on your computer after infecting it. The ransomware may drop files in the following Windows folders:
The virus then, may pretend to configure updates on your computer, while In fact it is performing the malicious activities it is set to do after initial infection:
The main of those activities may be to heavily modify the Windows Registry Editor and add custom value strings in the following sub-keys:
In addition to this, the Hacked virus may also delete the shadow volume copies of the infected computer, making it impossible to use the shadow volume service to restore them. The commands it may enter for this could be embedded in a .bat (batch) file which the virus may execute as an administrator and run in the background without the user seeing anything. The commands in this script may be the following:
After this has been conducted, the virus may begin the encryption process.
Hacked Ransomware’s Encryption
In order to encrypt files on the compromised computers by it, Hacked ransomware may be pre-configured to scan those files first. The virus looks for file extensions which are associated with often used files, like:
- Audio files.
- Music files.
- Virtual Drives.
After the Hacked ransomware detects those files, the ransomware immediately replaces enough data from those files to make them seem corrupt and no longer able to be opened. The ransomware then appends the .hacked file suffix to the encrypted files by it, making them appear like the following image:
Remove Hacked Ransomware and Restore .hacked Encrypted Files
In order to delete this ransomware virus, you can follow the instructions for removal below. However if you feel uncertain that manual removal will delete all the files of Hacked ransomware, it is strongly advisable to use a ransomware-specific removal tool to perform the removal automatically.
To restore files, encrypted by the .hacked file virus, we recommend following the alternative methods we have suggested in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .Hacked Virus” below. They may not be 100% effective in restoring all your data, but they may recover some to most of your important files, depending on your situation.