CrystalCrypt Ransomware

CrystalCrypt Ransomware Description

Type: Ransomware

The CrystalCrypt Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that was first observed in May 2017. The CrystalCrypt Ransomware represents a real threat to computer users' and small business' data, including Web servers, databases and personal computers. The CrystalCrypt Ransomware is mainly being distributed using corrupted email attachments and embedded links. There are connections between the CrystalCrypt Ransomware and other encryption ransomware Trojans, including the LightningCrypt Ransomware, which was observed by PC security researchers to be active close to the same dates as the CrystalCrypt Ransomware.

It is Crystal Clear that PC Users should Avoid the CrystalCrypt Ransomware

The main purpose of the CrystalCrypt Ransomware is to encrypt its victims' files, making them unreadable. Once the CrystalCrypt Ransomware has encrypted the victim's data, it demands the payment of 0.17 BitCoin (approximately $410 USD at the current exchange rate). If the victim does not pay the ransom, the CrystalCrypt Ransomware threatens to withhold the decryption key need to restore the affected files. PC security researchers, however, advise computer users to refrain from paying the CrystalCrypt Ransomware ransom. There is nothing guaranteeing that the people responsible for the CrystalCrypt Ransomware attack will keep their promise and deliver the means to recover files affected in the CrystalCrypt Ransomware attack.

The CrystalCrypt Ransomware is designed to infect computers running the Windows operating system. The CrystalCrypt Ransomware will use a strong encryption algorithm to make the victims' files inaccessible. Once the CrystalCrypt Ransomware has encrypted a file, it will be unrecognizable by the operating system. The CrystalCrypt Ransomware will encrypt the files contained in all local drives, as well as on directories shared on a network and external memory devices connected to the victim's computer. The files encrypted by the CrystalCrypt Ransomware will receive the file extension '.BLOCKED' added to their names, clearly identifying the files affected by the CrystalCrypt Ransomware infection. The CrystalCrypt Ransomware targets the user-generated files while avoiding the files that are used by the operating system. The following are some of the file extensions that are targeted in the CrystalCrypt Ransomware infection:

.3gp, .7z, .apk, .avi, .bmp, .cdr, .cer, .chm, .conf, .css, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .djvu, .dbx, .docm, ,doc, .epub, .docx .fb2, .flv, .gif, .gz, .iso .ibooks,.jpeg, .jpg, .key, .mdb .md2, .mdf, .mht, .mobi .mhtm, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg .mpeg, .pict, .pdf, .pps, .pkg, .png, .ppt .pptx, .ppsx, .psd, .rar, .rtf, .scr, .swf, .sav, .tiff, .tif, .tbl, .torrent, .txt, .vsd, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xps, .xml, .ckp, .zip, .java, .py, .asm, .c, .cpp, .cs, .js, .php, .dacpac, .rbw, .rb, .mrg, .dcx, .db3, .sql, .sqlite3, .sqlite, .sqlitedb, .psd, .psp, .pdb, .dxf, .dwg, .drw, .casb, .ccp, .cal, .cmx, .cr2.

How Con Artists may Profit from a CrystalCrypt Ransomware Attack

After encrypting the victims' files, the CrystalCrypt Ransomware will drop an image and a text file on the infected computer's desktop. The files, named 'CrystalCrypt_Recover_Instructions.png' and 'CrystalCrypt_Recover_Instructions.txt' contain the following message:

'You became a victim of the CrystalCrypt Ransomware!
All your files have been encrypted
For each try to do anything I will delete files
Pay 0.17 Bitcoins on 'Blockchain.info'
Send your uniqe ID in the description of the Bitcoin payment
You can find them on your desktop in 'crystalcrypt_uniqeid.txt'
After the payment your files will be decrypted!
Have fun ;)_
PAY 0.17 Bitcoins to : [BITCOIN ADDRESS]'

Dealing with and Terminating a CrystalCrypt Ransomware Infection

Unfortunately, once the files have been encrypted by the CrystalCrypt Ransomware attack, they become unrecoverable. It is imperative to have file backups on an external memory device or the cloud. Having the ability to recover the affected files from a backup is the best protection against the CrystalCrypt Ransomware since it undermines the con artists' threats and ransom demands completely. An anti-malware program that is fully up-to-date also should be used to help recover from the CrystalCrypt Ransomware attack and prevent this and other threats from entering your machine in the first place. Since the CrystalCrypt Ransomware may be delivered via emails, learning to handle this content safely is essential.

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