EnCryp13d Ransomware Description
The EnCryp13d Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan from the family of the Xorist Ransomware. The EnCryp13d Ransomware blocks the user's digital media, such as documents, with XOR or TEA encryption that keeps them from opening and delivers pop-up and text ransom notes. Users can back their work up for free recovery or use a freeware decryptor, and always should remove the EnCryp13d Ransomware with anti-malware tools as soon as they're able.
Heading Back to the Days of Freeware in the Worst Ways
Initially, freeware or 'free software' has its origin as a way of demoing games or testing alternatives to possibly-expensive tools like graphics suites. The fragmentation of the file-locker Trojan industry creates a new meaning that's just for black hat hackers. The EnCryp13d Ransomware, newly-identifiable, is a variant of the code from the totally-free Xorist Ransomware.
The EnCryp13d Ransomware harbors most of the expected effects of a Xorist Ransomware relative; its family includes numerous comparison opportunities, such as the Dulgtv VuLiCaPs Ransomware, the ZoNiSoNaL Ransomware, the ZoNiSoNaL Ransomware, and the YaKo Ransomware. Like them, it attacks the user's documents, pictures, music, movies, and other media formats and encrypts them with XOR or TEA algorithms – which makes the data non-openable. The insertion of its 'enCryp13d' extension into their names simplifies the sabotaged content identification process.
The threat actor makes use of a default feature for pop-up generation, which creates a 'warning' window with the EnCryp13d Ransomware's ransom note. However, the Trojan creates a second message in a Notepad TXT file for users who close the alert. The EnCryp13d Ransomware's instructions are similar to those of other extortionist campaigns: putting a deadline on victims for Bitcoin payments that, supposedly, will help unlock their files.
Although malware experts have yet to analyze the wallet's history, the EnCryp13d Ransomware's ransom could be appropriate for home users or small companies with unprotected servers.
The Downside of Taking the Easy Path on Trojan Engineering
While most file-locking Trojans have protection against security researchers 'unlocking' files by cracking the encryption routine, the EnCryp13d Ransomware's family is an exception. Cyber-security companies provide freely-downloadable decryption applications that are compatible with many versions of Xorist Ransomware. Statistically, malware experts are finding this option more often unavailable than otherwise. Non-local backups are a priceless defense against Trojans that block, delete, or corrupt files.
Windows cyber-security programs will have few issues identifying most variants of the Xorist Ransomware family, which has poor inherent obfuscation. Users protecting themselves with these services can remove the EnCryp13d Ransomware before the locking feature starts causing damage.
'Free' can mean 'bountiful' in the worst ways since even negative things like diseases are no-money-required experiences to the victims. While the EnCryp13d Ransomware might ask for money, it attacks Windows users even if they're poor, which is a harsh lesson.