Lalaland Ransomware Description
The Lalaland Ransomware is another potent crypto locker that has been spawned from the VoidCrypt family of ransomware threats. There is not much setting Lalaland apart from the rest of the variants belonging to the VoidCrypt family. The Lalaland Ransomware operates much in the same way, but that doesn't mean it is any less threatening.
When Lalaland Ransomware manages to infiltrate a computer successfully, it will lock nearly all files stored on it by leveraging a combination of powerful encryption algorithms - AES and RSA, making the restoration of the files no easy matter. The names of all encrypted files will be modified to fit the pattern used by all VoidCrypt variants - [Original Name].[Email of the hackers].[Unique ID of the Victim].[Ransomware Extension]. In Lalaland's case, the email address placed in the filenames is 'email@example.com,' while the extension it uses is '.lalaland.' The ransom note with instructions for the victims is displayed as a pop-up window generated from .hta files named '!INFO.HTA,' which are dropped in every folder containing encrypted data.
While the note doesn't contain an exact sum for the ransom, it does mention that the payment must be made in Bitcoin. The hackers also threaten to double the undisclosed amount they want if the victims do not establish communication within 48 hours following the ransomware infection. A couple of small and non-important files can be sent for free decryption. The note provides a secondary email address at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' if the users do not respond to the primary one.
The full text of Lalaland Ransomware's instructions is:
'!!! Your Files Has Been Encrypted !!!
♦ your files has been locked with highest secure cryptography algorithm ♦
♦ there is no way to decrypt your files without paying and buying Decryption tool♦
♦ but after 48 hour decryption price will be double♦
♦ you can send some little files for decryption test♦
♦ test file should not contain valuable data♦
♦ after payment you will get decryption tool ( payment Should be with Bitcoin)♦
♦ so if you want your files dont be shy feel free to contact us and do an agreement on price♦
♦ !!! or Delete you files if you dont need them !!!♦
our Email :email@example.com
In Case Of No Answer :firstname.lastname@example.org.'
Victims are encouraged to not pay the ransom, no matter the size. Cybercriminals are far from fair. There are many accounts of people who don’t receive the tools they pay for. It’s common for attackers to take the money and never contact the victim again. Paying the ransom rarely ever leads to a positive outcome.
It would be best if you avoided contacting the attackers at all, and instead focused on restoring your data on your own using a backup.
Don’t forget to keep your data backups on external devices or in cloud storage. The more copies of your data you have, the better. One problem with keeping copies of data on your computer is that it gets encrypted by ransomware along with everything else on your computer.
How Does Ransomware Infect Computers?
There are several ways that ransomware and other viruses get on computers. While there are doubts about the specific ways that Lalaland gets on computers, the most common infection methods include;
- Hidden inside freeware installations
- Spam emails
- Free website hosting services
- Pirated P2P downloads
Lalalad ransomware can appear to be genuine software offered in popup ads. Fake software updates is another common method used to trick people into downloading ransomware. It is one of several methods used to trick people into installing te ransomware.
Ransomware creators use a range of email spam tactics to spread malware to unsuspecting users. Attackers write unsolicited spam emails with clever writing to trick people into accessing web links or downloading an attachment. Opening the link or the attachment is dangerous for your computer. Ignore spam messages from unknown sources because it’s likely to infect your computer.
Trojan viruses are another common infection for viruses. These are small viruses designed to sneak past antivirus software to install other viruses.
How to Prevent Lalaland Ransomware Infection
One of the sad realities of owning a computer and using the internet is that it will inevitably get infected. There’s nothing you can do to make your computer absolutely 100% safe, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible.
The best way to protect your computer is to ignore email messages from unknown sources. Don’t click on anything in an email unless you are sure of the source. Hackers often mimic official sources and craft emails to look genuine. These emails still have small errors that stand out if you look close enough.
Another way to protect your computer is to avoid using illegal downloads and pirated software. Hackers hide viruses in software activation tools. They also disguise viruses as popular programs people download. Not only does buying software support creators, but it also reduces your risk of computer infection.
Last but not least, ensure that programs on your computer are updated regularly. Most updates close holes in security used by attackers to slip into a system. Constant updates can be annoying, but they do keep your computer safe.