Threat Database Ransomware MZP Ransomware

MZP Ransomware

Ransomware continues to be one of the most popular malware because they are not only easy to build and distribute, but there is very little threat of repercussions for their propagators. They may be considered as nothing more than a quick way to make a buck, regardless of the havoc they leave behind on innocent users’ PCs. The MZP Ransomware is one of the newest threats of this type that malware researchers have spotted. The MZP Ransomware will make sure to lock all the data present on the target’s system – images, audio files, presentations, documents, databases, archives, videos, spreadsheets, etc.

Propagation and Encryption

The MZP Ransomware is likely being propagated via fake software updates or downloads, bogus pirated media or fake copies of popular applications, mass spam email campaigns, etc. Regardless of the particular infection vector, rest assured that the MZP Ransomware will cause great damage to a system once it manages to infiltrate it. Upon compromising a computer, the MZP Ransomware will scan the device to locate the data of interest. Next, the MZP Ransomware will apply an encryption algorithm to lock all the targeted files. If you have fallen victim to the MZP Ransomware, you would have noticed that this threat includes a new extension to the locked files. The MZP Ransomware appends a random string of eight symbols as an additional extension to all the newly locked files. This means that the users will have a unique extension appended to their files, which also serves as a victim ID that helps the attackers differentiate between their victims. For example, a file, which was originally called ‘snow-bunny.mp4’ will be renamed to ‘snow-bunny.mp4.’ once the encryption process of the MZP Ransomware has been completed.

The Ransom Note

Next, the MZP Ransomware drops a ransom note located in a file named ‘HOW TO RESTORE ENCRYPTED FILES.txt’ On the ransom message, the attackers provide an email address as a means of communication – ‘’ The user is supposed to email the authors of the MZP Ransomware to receive further instructions on how to recover the affected data.

Avoid cooperating with cybercriminals like the ones who have created the MZP Ransomware. Even if you pay the ransom fee they would demand, it is likely that they will never provide on their end of the deal, and you may never receive the decryption key you need to retrieve your data. Instead, you should consider investing in a reputable anti-malware tool that will remove the MZP Ransomware from your machine safely and make sure you do not find yourself in such an unpleasant situation again in the future.


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