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Weelsof Ransomware Delivered as an Airline Ticket

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Security experts reported a malicious email attack a month ago, which lured the users into opening bogus online airplane tickets. Apparently the campaign is still active and uses the same trick.

The malicious email contains detailed information about an airplane ticket purchase. To make it more believable the cyber crooks have included seat number, plane ticket number, time and date of departure in the message. The malicious document is supposedly sent by Delta Air Lines and is attached as a file, available for printing. It is still not clear if the victims were sent the malicious email randomly or they were actual clients of the airline company.

Weelsof Ransomware Demands Ransom but Does Not Encrypt Files

Analysts have identified the malicious file as a variation of the Weelsof Trojan. The malware belongs to the ransomware family of threats and as such locks the desktop by displaying a ransom message upon infiltration. The message claims to be delivered from the authorities that have supposedly detected illegal content on the infected computer. A detailed explanation on how to deliver a payment from pre-paid cards is provided. This is a red flag on its own, because authorities would never use such payment method. The good news is that this particular piece of ransomware does not have file encryption abilities. So, the information on the compromised PC remains safe.

How to Remove Weelsof Ransomware from the User’s Computer?

Removing Weelsof ransomware is not that hard of a task. Antivirus scanners detect it, which is always considered a plus. As the user will not have the opportunity to download an antivirus program online, he is left with the only option to run an offline scan at boot time in order to eliminate the infection. Major security companies provide offline scanners especially designed for cases like this.
Also, taking actions to prevent a possible malware infection is always a smart move. Experts recommend ignoring unsolicited messages and always using the latest versions of online security products.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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