Kirk Ransomware

Kirk Ransomware Description

The Kirk Ransomware is a file encoder Trojan that might be the work of a die-hard fan of the Star Trek universe. The Kirk Ransomware surfaced on security reports on March 16th, 2017 and the Trojan is rigged with many references to Gene Roddenberry' Star Trek science fiction franchise. The Kirk Ransomware may be spread among the Windows OS community via spam messages and corrupted text documents that act as installers for the threat. The Kirk Ransomware arrives on computers bundled with a Spock Decryptor and works in offline mode. The Kirk Ransomware generates a key file before it proceeds to encode data and obfuscates the encryption key by using the RSA-2048 cryptographic algorithm.

The Kirk Ransomware Does Not Include an Advanced AI and Uses Modern Day Encryption Standards

The Kirk Ransomware is a standalone project, but it shares similarities with the Karma Ransomware and needs the cooperation of the user to initiate the decryption process. As stated above, when the Kirk Ransomware is started for the first time it creates an object named 'PWD' that is your password. The Kirk Ransomware is a threat to a little more than six hundred data types, and the Trojan is ranked among threats such as the Smrss32 Ransomware and the Kasiski Ransomware. Enciphered objects can be recognized by the '.kirked' suffix placed after the original file extension. Thus, 'Saanen goat.pptx' is renamed to 'Saanen goat.pptx.kirked'—the file lacks a thumbnail and has a generic white icon associated with the files that are not unrecognized by the Windows OS. When the Kirk Ransomware is installed, it gains administrative privileges and might encipher data on network assigned storage that can be accessed by multiple users on the same local network.

The Kirk Ransomware is the First to Use Monero for the Payment Transaction

The Kirk Ransomware is written in the Python programming language and is the first encryption Trojan to use the Monero digital currency for the ransom payment. Users that were compromised by the Kirk Ransomware can find 'RANSOM_NOTE.txt' on their desktops that urges them to buy 50 Monero (1193 USD/1109 EUR), transfer the sum to a wallet address, and write an email to kirk.help@scryptmail.com or kirk.payments@scryptmail.com. The message to kirk.help@scryptmail.com and kirk.payments@scryptmail.com is supposed to include your wallet address and computer name to receive the appropriate 'Spock Decryptor' and unlock the content on your disks. You should note that the price for 'Spock Decryptor' rises with the passing of time and a month later after the infection took place the price amounts to 500 Monero (11935 USD/11 096 EUR).

You Need a Backup Manager to Counter the Orbiting Kirk Ransomware

Unfortunately, the data corrupted by the Kirk Ransomware is undecipherable and paying may be the only option to recover data for some users. Cyber security researchers note that the best protection against threats like the Kirk Ransomware is to run a backup manager and make sure your backups are exported to a remote password-protected drive. The Kirk Ransomware is similar to the CryPy Ransomware and can be modified to include more features easily. Server administrators should consider the Kirk Ransomware a credible threat to systems under their management since it can run on Web servers as well. Regular computer users should remove the Kirk Ransomware with the help of a reliable anti-malware instrument. AV vendors may detect the files related to the Kirk Ransomware as:

  • Python/Filecoder.Kirk.A
  • Ransom.Kirk
  • Ransom_KIRK.A
  • TR/KirkRansom.A
  • Trojan ( 00506e781 )
  • Trojan-Ransom.Kirky
  • Trojan.Win32.Z.Agent.5756255[h]
  • Trojan/Win32.Ransom.C1864535
  • Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!rfn

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