FileCoder Ransomware DescriptionType: Ransomware
FileCoder Trojans are Trojan infections that encrypt content on the victim's computer. FileCoder infections are a form of ransomware. Essentially, they take the victim's computer hostage, encrypting the victim's files and then demanding payment of a ransom in exchange for decrypting software. There has been an unusual increase in Filecoder infections lately. FileCoder Ransomware infections are often accompanied by a social engineering component that may try to convince computer users that the files were infected by the law enforcement of by Microsoft. However, regardless of the specific variant of FileCoder Ransomware infecting the victim's computer, the basic scam is essentially the same.
FileCoder Ransomware Attacks Have Spiked in Recent Months
According to malware researchers, weekly attacks involving Filecoder attacks have tripled during the Summer of 2013 when compared to the average number of attacks in the period between January and June of 2013. The majority of FileCoder Ransomware attacks take place in the Russian Federation, with about 44 percent of attacks located in this part of the world. However, a large number of Filecoder attacks have also occurred in the rest of Europe and the United States.
To Avoid FileCoder Ransomware Attacks You Should Be Careful When Browsing the Internet
Filecoder Trojans can infect computers in a variety of ways. The following are the most common ways in which criminals can infect your computer with a FileCoder Ransomware infection:
- Most Filecoder attacks come from drive-by downloads on attack websites. These are Web pages that are set up specifically to deliver threats to victims PCs. Computer users are directed to these types of attack websites using risky scripts and redirect Trojans that may be inserted into poorly protected legitimate websites.
- The Filecoder Trojan may also be distributed through spam email attachments. Spam email attachments containing threats have become harder to detect due to phishing techniques that have risen in recent years. Criminals have become adept at disguising their email messages so they appear to come from a legitimate source convincing computer users that they should open an attached file. For example, a fake message from FedEx may arrive into the victim's inbox claiming that an attached PDF file contains information about a package. However, the file is specially engineered to install a Filecoder variant on the victim's computer.
- Filecoder variants may also be installed directly by criminals on computers that have already become compromised.
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