Ransomware threats are very popular in the world of cybercrime. Usually, the attack is carried out in a similar manner – the threat infiltrates a system, locks down all the targeted files, and then drops a ransom note informing the users that if they want to decrypt their data, there must be a payment.
The Propagation Method
The recently spotted Pack14 Ransomware does not stray from this well-trodden path. Malware researchers have not been able to tell what are the exact methods applied in the propagation of the Pack14 Ransomware. Some believe that the creators of this file-encrypting Trojan may be using pirated fake copies of popular software tools, mass spam email campaigns, and bogus application updates to spread the Pack14 Ransomware. A scan will be executed as soon as the Pack14 Ransomware worms its way into a user's system. After the scan locates all the files, which the Pack14 Ransomware was programmed to go after, the next step of the attack will begin – the encryption process. The Pack14 Ransomware will lock all the files and add a 'ckey(
The Ransom Note
Next, the Pack14 Ransomware will proceed the attack by dropping its ransom note on the victim's desktop. The note's name is '!!!Readme!!!Help!!!.txt.' In the note, the authors of the Pack14 Ransomware do not state what the exact ransom fee, which will be required for the user to receive a decryption key is. However, they give out an email address where they expect to be contacted – ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.' They also mention that the victim has to include the word 'CKEY' in the email.
We would advise you against dealing with any type of cybercriminals. These are people with questionable morals, which will gladly take your money and ride away into the sunset without actually holding up their end of the deal. Instead, you should use a legitimate anti-malware tool and use it to remove the Pack14 Ransomware safely from your computer.