Malware asks for payment in BitCoins for ransom of informa ...

Malware asks for payment in BitCoins for ransom of informa …

April 18, 2014

bitcoinsESET Latin America identified a malware that encodes files, documents and images of the system and then asks for a ransom in BitCoins through a site hosted on the Deep Web and that at the level of propagation affects Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico .

The attack originates from an email with an attachment that pretends to contain an image. However, when the file is opened, the user downloads a threat that evades the system’s protections and then executes another process, which will connect it to a URL to download a second threat. This file is a ransomware known as FileCoder that, once it runs, collects all information from the system and then creates a key and encrypts the user’s documents.

In order to obtain the key to decrypt the data, a period of one month is given and the cost of the ransom increases as time passes, reaching figures of around one thousand dollars.

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