“Oops, your important files are encrypted” is what the victims of the Wanna Decryptor WannaCry virus see after their computers are infected by this virus. Once this has happened, the ransomware infection begins to append encryption algorithms and make the documents on the affected computers no longer readable. After this has happened, !Please Read Me!.txt file is dropped onto the computer of the user which aims to get victims to download a decryptor from a dropbox account. Then, the decryptor demands 300$ in BTC payoff to get the data back. In case you have become a victim of the Wanna Decryptor threat, we recommend reading this article carefully.
Update June 2017! New ransomware outbreak inspired by the WannaCry ransomware, also using “Oops your important files have been encrypted” has been detected. The virus is a modified version of Petya ransomware. More information can be found on this web link.
|Short Description||The malware encrypts users files using AES and RSA encryption ciphers, making direct decryption possible only via a unique decryption key available to the cyber-criminals.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness ransom notes and “instructions”, called !Please Read Me!.txt linking to contacting the cyber-criminals. Changes wallpaper with message asking to download a decryptor from Dropbox. The decryptor demands 300$ in BTC to work.|
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Wanna Decryptor Ransomware – How Does It Infect
For the infection with this virus to be successful, the cyber-criminals behind the Wanna Decryptor threat may use a combination of different tools and kits:
- Spamming software for e-mail.
- A pre-set list of e-mail addresses to spam, usually bought on the black market.
- Software responsible for different obfuscation of files so that detection by security software is avoided.
- Different infection malware (Downloaders, droppers, extractors, etc.)
- Malicious command and control servers and distribution hosts.
The most often-used method by which criminals like the ones behind Wanna Decryptor ransomware use is via e-mail spam. Such spam messages usually resemble different important notices, to trick users into either opening malicious e-mail attachments or clicking on links which redirect to malicious hosts. One example of such deceptive e-mail can be seen below:
After the Wanna Decryptor threat has already caused an infection by convincing the user to open the malicious attachment, the virus begins to drop it’s malicious files on the infected computer. The files which were detected so far by researchers are the following:
- !Please Read Me!.txt
Besides these files, there may be fake process files and other support modules with random names spread out in various Windows folders such as the following:
Wanna Decryptor Ransomware – What Does It Do?
The activity of Wanna Decryptor is relatively the same as most ransomware viruses out there. The virus executes an administrative command which deletes all the backed up files (shadow copies) on the infected Windows machines:
→ vssadmin.exe Delete shadows /All /Quiet
Wanna Decryptor virus also performs the deletion In /quiet mode, without the user noticing anything is happening.
Then, the Wanna Decryptor ransomware may perform modifications on the following Windows Registry sub-keys:
→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
In the Run and RunOnce sub-keys, values may be added to make the malicious executable which is responsible for encrypting files to run when Windows boots. The Desktop keys, may have a modified sub-key for the wallpaper, which is later changed to the !WannaCryptor!.bmp image:
It also has the following message:
Ooops, your important files are encrypted.
If you see this text, but don’t see the “Wanna Decryptor” window, then your antivirus removed the decrypt software or you deleted it from your computer.
If you need your files, you have to recover “Wanna Decryptor” from the antivirus quarantine, or download from the address below:
Run “Wanna Decryptor” to decrypt your files!
The web link, leading to drop box may download a decryptor which looks like the following:
The decryption software demands 300$ in BitCoin to be paid to decode the files.
Wanna Decryptor Virus – The Encryption Process
For the encryption process performed by Wanna Decryptor, two powerful encryption algorithms may be used. One of them is known as the Advanced Encryption Standard and is a very often met decryptor in most ransomware viruses. The cipher is also used by some US government agencies to encrypt secret documents. It’s usage in this virus is primarily focused on encrypting files and generating symmetric key (FEK) which makes the file non readable.
Then, another encryption algorithm, known as Rivest-Shamir-Adleman or RSA is used to generate a Public key corresponding to the symmetric key and adds the key in the file’s data. Since Wanna Decryptor ransomware may use unique keys for set of files or for every file, discovering a decryption method by reverse engineering it can only be successful if there is a mistake while coding the encryption procedure, which is not likely.
For more information on how this encryption process works, please visit the following related article:
The files, targeted by Wanna Decryptor ransomware are documents, videos, pictures and other often used file types, for example, the following:
“PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com
After the process of encryption is complete, the virus may correspond with the cyber-criminals to send the decryption keys to them, so that they can update their decryptor in the dropbox site. Another scenario is if they have a master decryption key embedded within the decryptor. Whatever the case may be with Wanna Decryptor, experts recommend to remove this virus instead of paying the ransom.
Remove Wanna Decryptor Ransomware and Restore Encrypted Files
For the removal of this virus, advices are to first back up the encrypted files and then follow the removal instructions below. They are specifically created to help delete the malicious files and objects created by this ransomware on your computer. In case manual removal is a challenge for you, recommendations are to focus on automatically removing everything related to Wanna Decryptor ransomware. Experts advise that the best way of doing the removal is by downloading an advanced anti-malware tool which will not only delete all files but will also protect your computer against future infections.
If you want to try and restore the files encrypted by Wanna Decryptor, we have suggested some methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Wanna Decryptor” below. They are not 100% guarantee you will get all the files back, but you may recover at least some of the data using these methods.
What is Wanna Decryptor Ransomware?
Wanna Decryptor 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 Wanna Decryptor 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 Wanna Decryptor?
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 Wanna Decryptor Infect?
Via several ways.Wanna Decryptor 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 Wanna Decryptor 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 .Wanna Decryptor files?
You can't. At this point, the .Wanna Decryptor 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 .Wanna Decryptor files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".Wanna Decryptor" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Wanna Decryptor 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 Wanna Decryptor 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 Wanna Decryptor ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Wanna Decryptor files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Wanna Decryptor 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 Wanna Decryptor 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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