July 01, 2016
Ransomware Roundup: Bart, Cerber, and CryptXXX
Not one, but three new forms of ransomware are making headlines this week. Bart, Cerber, and CryptXXX are three of the latest names to wreak havoc on files. Let’s look into each of these strains and how they are unique.
Cerber targets Office 365 email users that is assumed to have impacted millions of users. According to Dark Reading, Cerber bypasses O365’s built-in security tools to hit users with the elaborate phishing campaign. When hit with Cerber, users receive a typical ransom note along with an audio recording to alert victims of the encryption.
While CryptXXX isn’t entirely new, the latest version have come with some improvements by hackers, making it a larger nuisance. According to Yahoo news, CryptXXX has pulled in more than $45,000 in three weeks. This version of CryptXXX is more difficult to decrypt that the previous versions, and the latest version also deletes Microsoft Volume Shadow Copies on the victim’s system, which makes it more difficult to restore data using native backup tools.
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