Kindest Ransomware

Kindest Ransomware Description

The Kindest Ransomware is a file encoder Trojan that is designed to lock data on your computer and provide you with an educational video on what happened with your data. There is no ransom fee — you just need to watch the video, and the Kindest Ransomware would decode the data automatically. As you can imagine, the Kindest Ransomware may have an oxymoron for a name, but it is no joke. The authors of the Kindest Ransomware dispersed the Trojan to educate users on how ransomware works and how to secure your PC against the likes of the Kindest Ransomware. However, the Kindest Ransomware is based on the HiddenTear project, which is an open-source ransomware that was published on the platform back in 2015. The Kindest Ransomware can and will encode files on your system if you are unlucky and open documents from an unknown source featuring a bad macro script.

Security researchers warn users that the Kindest Ransomware may have been programmed to lock files and force users to watch an educational video, but that does not mean it should be classified as a WhiteHat ransomware. The Kindest Ransomware is equipped with custom AES, and RSA ciphers, which prevent reverse engineering a decryptor and it may be a matter of time before its authors start collecting Bitcoins in exchange for the decryption tool. You should take into consideration that the spam campaign that released the Kindest Ransomware Trojan to users is paid for and it is not likely that the authors of the Trojan paid for the campaign out of the goodness of their hearts entirely. It is plausible that the initial release of the Kindest Ransomware was a test run for a separate version that comes with support for 'Command and Control' servers and a ransom fee in Bitcoins. Also, the page for the 'video ransom' associated with the Kindest Ransomware was brought down soon after PC users reported the Kindest Ransomware to cyber security vendors. The ransom note for the Kindest Ransomware is shown as an image, which has a white skull on the left side and the following text on the left side:

Your computer has been infected by the Kindest Ransomware ever.
We will not take your money or anything else from you. We just want you to be more aware of ransomwares about how it works. Now watch this video while we are doing everything a ransomware does.
If you want to be more aware go to [LINK IS DEAD]'

Computer users that wish to be prepared for attacks with the Kindest Ransomware should install a credible backup utility and export backup images to an external hard drive and clod-based storage solution like Google Drive/Dropbox/Mega. You may want to add a reliable anti-spyware shield that can block unsafe links and prevent access to pages that may host the Kindest Ransomware. Reports from an analysis performed on infected devices revealed that the Kindest Ransomware might run as 'PayUp.exe' from the Temp directory. AV tools may flag the files related to the Kindest Ransomware and present warning messages featuring the following names:

  • Ransom_HiddenTearKINDEST.A
  • SCGeneric_c.OY
  • TR/FileCoder.yecpg
  • Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
  • W32/Diztakun.AXVZ!tr
  • Win32.Trojan.Agent.FQY0CX

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