Don’t be held at ransom with Ransomware threats

Although ransomware isn’t a new thing, many users still find themselves victimized by it without knowing how their device got infected. They could have downloaded ransomware unknowingly by visiting malicious or compromised websites, or it could have been dropped or downloaded into their systems by other malware. Paying the ransom however, does not guarantee that users will regain access to their digital assets.

“Though crypto-ransomware detections are prevalent in regions like North America and Europe, we have noted a spike in incidences outside of these territories. Much interest in the Critroni or Curve-Tor-Bitcoin (CTB) Locker—an old crypto-locker variant—is already being noticed in Asia. Though the number of detections in these new territories is not as large, it can still be a precursor for more widespread crypto-ransomware incidents in the near future,” commented Ihab Moawad, head of MMEA, Trend Micro.

It is a type of ransomware that encrypts a user’s system or files in exchange for money. This prevents a user from accessing his files or computer. The CTB Locker directly asks for you to pay in Bitcoins in exchange of your data.

- The common CTB Locker asks the user to pay 3 Bitcoins (USD 732.95)
- It does not require the Internet to encrypt files; it can function even without a connection.
- It supposedly offers free decryption for five files.
- It extends the ransom deadline for encrypted files.
- It gives its victims language options for the ransom message.

While the region might not be under immediate attack, research from Trend Labs indicates the malware has plagued several systems in neighbouring countries. It is, hence, of paramount importance that organizations act swiftly and update their systems.

Do not forget to back-up your data, preferably on a different media source. Most importantly, clicking on unknown links should be avoided, since malware infection is most likely by doing so.
Though the promise of getting data back by paying ransom is tempting, one should refrain from it. More often than not, chances of retrieving the encrypted data are slim even if they pay. The best way to protect against this type of ransomware is through prevention.


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