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shutterstock_152253701Ransomware infection, calling itself CryptoLockerEU 2016 uses the “.send 0.3 BTC crypt” file extension which it adds to files it encrypts on infected computers. This is the first case we’ve seen where the ransom money demanded are included in the file extension itself. The virus also drops a file, called “ĐŔŃŘČÔĐÎÂŔŇÜ ÔŔÉËŰ.txt” which translates to “ РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ“, and means “DECRYPT FILES”, containing it’s ransom note. The file contains the ransom instructions on how to make a payoff to the cyber-criminals behind the virus so that they decrypt the files. Since such type of viruses often become decrypted, it is strongly advisable not to pay any ransom money since it is no guarantee you will get your files back. Instead, reccomendations are to remove CryptoLockerEU 2016 completely from your computer and while waiting for researchers to decrypt the virus if they succeed, to try alternative methods like the ones in the instructions below to restore your files.

SensorsTechForum is investigating this malware. Expect an update here soon.

Threat Summary

NameCryptoLockerEU 2016
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionCryptoLockerEU 2016 encrypts files using a strong encryption cipher after which drops a ransom note in a .txt file with ransom demands.
SymptomsA .txt file named “DECRYPT FILES” or “РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ“ dropped on the infected PC. Files unopenable with an added “.send 0.3 BTC Crypt” file extension on them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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CryptoLockerEU 2016 – Distribution Strategy

In case you have opened an e-mail attachment or clicked on a suspicious URL featured in a spam message you believed was real, there is a very good possibility that this may have caused a CryptoLockerEU 2016 infection. Such malware usually spreads via an exploit kit or a malicious .js(JavaScript) file that may cause a “fileless” infection. Common message topics that may spread the CryptoLockerEU 2016 could be on different subjects, similar to the following:

  • Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free.
  • Claim the free iTunes tracks now.
  • You have lost access to your PayPal funds.
  • Your flight status has been confirmed.
  • Someone wants to add you on LinkedIn.

The e-mails usually may contain buttons that lead to malicious URLs or attachments concealed as documents or other legitimate types of files.

CryptoLockerEU 2016 – More Information

There is little information known about this threat. However, from what is familiar so far, it has not been created by someone experienced, because the ransom note is very poorly written and at times it is not understandable.

After infection, CryptoLockerEU 2016 may situate files in %User’sProfile% AND %AppData% folders. The files may be of the following file types:

.dat, .html, .exe, .lnk, .bmp, .txt

The main executable file of the ransomware (.exe) may contain a completely random name, such as 982d230d23d32.exe and it may be set in a registry entry to run every time Windows starts. The entry may be located on one of the following keys in the Windows Registry editor:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIN\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIN\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\

When the malicious executable has been ran, it immediately may begin encrypting files. Similar to previous CryptoLocker versions, thit may look fo the following file extensions to encrypt them:

→.7z .rar .m4a .wma .avi .wmv .csv .d3dbsp .sc2save .sie .sum .ibank .t13 .t12 .qdf .gdb .tax .pkpass .bc6 .bc7 .bkp .qic .bkf .sidn .sidd .mddata .itl .itdb .icxs .hvpl .hplg .hkdb .mdbackup .syncdb .gho .cas .svg .map .wmo .itm .sb .fos .mcgame .vdf .ztmp .sis .sid .ncf .menu .layout .dmp .blob .esm .001 .vtf .dazip .fpk .mlx .kf .iwd .vpk .tor .psk .rim .w3x .fsh .ntl .arch00 .lvl .snx .cfr .ff .vpp_pc .lrf .m2 .mcmeta .vfs0 .mpqge .kdb .db0 .DayZProfile .rofl .hkx .bar .upk .das .iwi .litemod .asset .forge .ltx .bsa .apk .re4 .sav .lbf .slm .bik .epk .rgss3a .pak .big .unity3d .wotreplay .xxx .desc .py .m3u .flv .js .css .rb .png .jpeg .txt .p7c .p7b .p12 .pfx .pem .crt .cer .der .x3f .srw .pef .ptx .r3d .rw2 .rwl .raw .raf .orf .nrw .mrwref .mef .erf .kdc .dcr .cr2 .crw .bay .sr2 .srf .arw .3fr .dng .jpe .jpg .cdr .indd .ai .eps .pdf .pdd .psd .dbfv .mdf .wb2 .rtf .wpd .dxg .xf .dwg .pst .accdb .mdb .pptm .pptx .ppt .xlk .xlsb .xlsm .xlsx .xls .wps .docm .docx .doc .odb .odc .odm .odp .ods .odt

After the encryption process is complete, the files enciphered by CryptoLockerEU 2016 can no longer be opened by any type of software and looks like the following:

cryptolockereu-2016-encrypted-file-sensorstechforum-lyrics

After the encryption, the virus drops a ransom note which is written in Russian and says “Decrypt Files”.txt in it’s names if you translate it. Interestingly enough the note itself is written in English:

“CryptoLockerEU 2016 rusia
Your important liles encryption produced on this computer:photos,videos,document,etc.
Encryption was produced using a RSA-2045bit !!
To Obtime the private key for this computer, which will automatically
decrypt files, you have to send 0.3 BTC to bitcoin adres 14bPTE6DVpx8Vrzk1wt3M8XsJ5YU3ebzKo
You will receive your private key + software within 2 hours.
You have just 7 days before the private key (password) is deleted
https://www.coinbase.com/buy-bitcoin
https://cex.io/buy-bitcoins
– transfer 0.3 BTC 14bPTE6DVpx8Vrzk1wt3M8XsJ5YU3ebzKo
VIRUS ID: {CUSTOM ID}
– on add email
– we send password + software decrypt (now)
– Messengers verification emal – Payments email (bitcoin)
Send : virus id+Bitcoin payment (verification)
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

This strongly suggests that CryptoLockerEU 2016 is created to be spread all over Europe as well as other places over the world.

CryptoLockerEU 2016 – Conclusion, Removal and File Restoration

The bottom line is that this virus appears to be created by a Russian cyber-crook who is not very experienced in malware and definitely in English. It may be someone pretending to be such by in any case malware researchers strongly advise against trusting the crook and paying the ransom. Instead, it is recommended to remove CryptoLockerEU 2016 by following the instructions below. In case you have difficulty in removing this malware manually it is experts recommend doing it automatically by using an advanced anti-malware tool which will scan for and find every object and file associated with CryptoLockerEU 2016 on your PC and protect it in the future as well.

To attempt and restore your files, you may want to try the methods which are illustrated in step “2. Restore files encrypted by CryptoLockerEU 2016” below until a free decryptor is publicly released.

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To remove CryptoLockerEU 2016 follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CryptoLockerEU 2016 files and objects
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4. Try to Restore files encrypted by CryptoLockerEU 2016

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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