Analysis by: Michael Jay Villanueva

 ALIASES:

Trojan.Win32.Scar.nzln (Kaspersky); Trojan.GenericKD.3222895 (BitDefender); W32/Scar.NZLN!tr (Fortinet)

 PLATFORM:

Windows

 OVERALL RISK RATING:
 DAMAGE POTENTIAL:
 DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL:
 REPORTED INFECTION:
 INFORMATION EXPOSURE:

  • Threat Type: Trojan

  • Destructiveness: No

  • Encrypted: No

  • In the wild: Yes

  OVERVIEW

Infection Channel: Downloaded from the Internet

To get a one-glance comprehensive view of the behavior of this Trojan, refer to the Threat Diagram shown below.

This Trojan arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

  TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size: 113,152 bytes
File Type: , EXE
Memory Resident: Yes
Initial Samples Received Date: 08 May 2016
Payload: Encrypts files, Displays message/message boxes

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

Installation

This Trojan drops a copy of itself in the following folders using different file names:

  • %User Temp%\Google\Chrome\Update.exe

(Note: %User Temp% is the user's temporary folder, where it usually is C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP (32- and 64-bit); C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Temp on Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012.)

It creates the following folders:

  • %User Temp%\Google
  • %User Temp%\Google\Chrome

(Note: %User Temp% is the user's temporary folder, where it usually is C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP (32- and 64-bit); C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Temp on Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8.1 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012.)

Autostart Technique

This Trojan adds the following registry entries to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Google Chrome Update Check = %User Temp%\Google\Chrome\Update.exe

Other System Modifications

This Trojan adds the following registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\
Update\SEND
SENDING = {random}

Other Details

This Trojan encrypts files with the following extensions:

  • .txt
  • .jpg
  • .png
  • .bmp
  • .zip
  • .rar
  • .7z
  • .sql
  • .torrent
  • .pdf
  • .tar
  • .mp3
  • .mp4
  • .flv
  • .lnk
  • .html
  • .php

It does the following:

  • It avoids encrypting files from the following directories:
    • Windows
    • Origin
    • Steam
    • Recycle Bin
    • Program Files

NOTES:

This malware displays the following:

  SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine: 9.800
FIRST VSAPI PATTERN FILE: 12.522.04
FIRST VSAPI PATTERN DATE: 12 May 2016
VSAPI OPR PATTERN File: 12.523.00
VSAPI OPR PATTERN Date: 13 May 2016

Step 1

Before doing any scans, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users must disable System Restore to allow full scanning of their computers.

Step 2

Note that not all files, folders, and registry keys and entries are installed on your computer during this malware's/spyware's/grayware's execution. This may be due to incomplete installation or other operating system conditions. If you do not find the same files/folders/registry information, please proceed to the next step.

Step 3

Restart in Safe Mode

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Step 4

Delete this registry value

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Important: Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can lead to irreversible system malfunction. Please do this step only if you know how or you can ask assistance from your system administrator. Else, check this Microsoft article first before modifying your computer's registry.

 
  • In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • Google Chrome Update Check = %User Temp%\Google\Chrome\Update.exe
  • In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Update\SEND
    • SENDING = {random}

Step 5

Search and delete these folders

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Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the More advanced options option to include all hidden folders in the search result.
  • %User Temp%\Google
  • %User Temp%\Google\Chrome

Step 6

Search and delete this file

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There may be some files that are hidden. Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the "More advanced options" option to include all hidden files and folders in the search result.
  • %User Temp%\Google\Chrome\Update.exe

Step 7

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as RANSOM_TAKALOCKER.A. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.


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