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Beware of Thanatos Ransomware, the latest cyber-extortion scam with hard-to-decrypt unlock code

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A must-read story from digitaltrends.com expands a little-known ransomware program is infecting computers, requiring Bitcoin cash to let users unlock their files. A report by Bleeping Computer highlights the new ransomware discovered by MalwareHunter team security experts, known as Thanatos.

It is worth noting that it will create an encrypted file, but the key will not be saved anywhere. Whether by accident or design, once the computer is damaged, you can not easily unlock the computer. Even if you pay a ransom, malware developers will not be able to decrypt your data.

However, you can use aggressive methods to discover encryption keys. Users infected with Thanatos strongly advise against paying the ransom, but contact an Internet security company for help.

After the computer is infected, all encrypted file extensions will be changed to .THANATOS. Whenever a user attempts to log in, a ransom description in the form of a README.txt file pops up asking for a $ 200 cryptocurrency to decrypt the file.

Thanatos It is noteworthy that it is the first ransomware software scam accepting Bitcoin Cash payments, as well as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Bitcoins Cash is a derivative of conventional bitcoin caused by a “hard fork” in currency, analogous to the stock split in the real world.

Cryptocurrency is rapidly becoming the preferred payment method for online ransom; CCN reports that there are 34 ransomware programs planned to receive $ 25 million in two years. Most criminals use Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e to redeem their blackmail funds. BTC-e has been used for money laundering in the past, and some countries have called for legal oversight of this shadow exchange.

The Bleeping computer has an in-depth guide outlining the steps you can take to protect your data, such as anti-ransomware security software that includes a behavioral detection algorithm. We’ve also written an overview of some of the best free anti-virus software to help keep your computer up and running.

You’ve heard it hundreds of times, but need to repeat it: Always back up your data, always update your operating system to the latest version, and do not use the same password for multiple applications.

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Another ransomware program is infecting computers, and it’s demanding Bitcoin Cash to let users unlock their files. A report at Bleeping Computer highlights the new ransomware, dubbed Thanatos, that was unearthed by security experts at MalwareHunter Team. What makes this particular infection noteworthy is that it creates an encrypted file, but the key is not saved anywhere. Whether by accident or design, there’s no way to easily unlock a computer once it’s been compromised. Even if you do pay the ransom, it’s unlikely the developers of the malware will ever be able to decrypt your data. It is possible to use a brute force method to discover the encryption key, however. Engaging post, Read More…

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