Mzop is ransomware that encrypts files and appends the '.mzop' extension to their filenames. The Mzop Ransomware also creates a ransom note in the form of a '_readme.txt' file, which contains instructions on how to pay the ransom and decrypt the files. An example of how the Mzop Ransomware renames files is changing '1.jpg' to '1.jpg.mzop', 'Pic2.png' to 'Pic2.png.mzop,' etc.
Mzop belongs to the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family, which has been observed being distributed alongside other threatening software such as RedLine, Vidar, and other information stealers by threat actors. These attacks are particularly harmful because they not only encrypt data but also collect sensitive information from victims' computers.
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What are Mzop Ransomware’s Demands?
Mzop's ransom note contains two email addresses ('email@example.com' and 'firstname.lastname@example.org'), which victims must contact within 72 hours to avoid paying a higher ransom fee of $980 instead of a discounted amount of $490. The attackers state that it is impossible to decrypt files without purchasing their decryption tools and unique key. Mzop Ransomware's note states that victims are given a chance to send one file for free decryption before paying the ransom.
How can Threats Like the Mzop Ransomware Infect Your Computer?
Ransomware is threatening software that hackers use to lock the data on breached systems and demand payment in exchange for restoring access. It's one of the most destructive forms of cyber attack, and it can be difficult to detect and prevent.
- Through Spear Phishing Attempts
Hackers will often use spear-phishing campaigns to deliver a threatening program to unsuspecting users. This involves sending emails that appear to come from legitimate sources but contain corrupted attachments or links, which, when clicked, will silently download malware onto your computer.
- Infectious Content Sharing
Social media platforms are particularly vulnerable to this attack since they are designed for users to share content with each other quickly and easily. When you receive an image, video, or file from an unknown source that attempts to download ransomware onto your device as soon as you open it, it's likely been infected with ransomware already before you received it and had no way of knowing priorly.
- Exploiting Software Vulnerabilities
Hackers often exploit known software vulnerabilities to get access to your system without having any direct contact with the user at all. These vulnerabilities can be present in outdated operating systems or applications that have not been fully patched or updated yet and can lead to infections if left unaddressed by system administrators or security personnel alike.
The full text of Mzop Ransomware's ransom note is:
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:'
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