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.
What is .Hacked Virus Ransomware?
.Hacked Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithms to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
Can .Hacked Virus Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like .Hacked Virus?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does .Hacked Virus Infect?
Via several ways..Hacked Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way you may become a victim of .Hacked Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to Open ..Hacked Virus files?
You can't. At this point, the ..Hacked Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..Hacked Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore "..Hacked Virus" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..Hacked Virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of .Hacked Virus Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate .Hacked Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Hacked Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Hacked Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.
How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?
In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer.
Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:
Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can .Hacked Virus Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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