A new ransomware threat is targeting users' computers. Named the Merlen Ransomware, it can devastate the breached devices completely via a strong encryption process. Victims will find themselves unable to use or even access most of their personal or work-related files - documents, PDFs, archives, databases, audio, video, photos, etc.
As part of the encryption, the Merlen Ransomware generates a ransom string of characters for each locked file and adds it to that file's original name. Afterward, it will append '.[Merlen@Keemail.Me]' as a new file extension. Once all suitable files have been locked, the threat will deliver its ransom note with instructions for the victim. The message will be placed inside a newly-created text file named 'Read Me.TXT.'
Ransom Note's Overview
According to the note, users who wish to restore access to their data will have to pay a ransom in bitcoins to the attackers. To get additional details about making the payment, victims are instructed to contact the three provided email addresses - 'Merlens@protonmail.com,' 'Merlen@dr.com' and 'Merlen@keemail.Me.' The ransom note also mentions that the attackers are willing to decrypt 3 locked files for free. However, the chosen files must not exceed a total size of 5MB and should not contain any valuable information. The message concludes with various warnings.
The full text of Merlen Ransomware's note is:
'All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mails: Merlens@Protonmail.Com and Merlen@Dr.Com and Merlen@Keemail.Me
(for the fastest possible response, write to all 3 mails at once!)
Write this ID in the title of your message:
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 5Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.'