Infosec researchers have confirmed another threatening ransomware variant that is a part of the infamous STOP/Djvu malware family. The threat is tracked as the Ooxa Ransomware and is capable of impacting a large set of file types. Victims are likely to find out that they can no longer open any of their documents, PDFs, archives, photos, databases or other important files. The threat actors will then try to extort the affected users for money in exchange for promising to them assistance with the restoration of the locked data.
As part of its invasive actions, the ransomware threat also will add '.ooxa' to the names of the encrypted files. Another change caused by the Ooxa Ransomware is the creation of a text file named '_readme.txt' on the breached devices. The file carries the threat's ransom note with instructions for its victims.
Reading the malware's ransom-demanding message reveals that its operators want to be paid a ransom of $980. This initial amount could supposedly be reduced by 50% if the affected users contact the hackers within 72 hours. Victims also are allowed to send a single file to be unlocked for free. However, the chosen file must not contain any valuable information. The hackers leave two potential communication channels in the form of two email addresses - 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and 'email@example.com.' Victims of malware attacks should always keep in mind that contacting cybercriminals should be regarded as extremely risky. Users could potentially be exposing themselves to additional privacy and security issues.
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