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RansomCuck Ransomware

By CagedTech in Ransomware

The RansomCuck Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that is used to take the victims' files hostage. The RansomCuck Ransomware is very similar to Locky or TeslaCrypt Ransomware, both well-known ransomware Trojans. PC security analysts, however, have noted that the closest relationship between known ransomware Trojans and the RansomCuck Ransomware is with the DetoxCrypto Trojan. Although it may not be viable to decrypt the files that have been taken hostage by the RansomCuck Ransomware currently, it is possible that a decryptor available for other common ransomware Trojans may work. However, the best protection against the RansomCuck Ransomware and similar threats is to ensure that you have suitable backups of all important files on your computer or, ideally, an image file of your entire hard drive.

The Common Infection Method Used by the RansomCuck Ransomware

Currently, it is not known who is being targeted by the RansomCuck Ransomware the most exactly. The RansomCuck Ransomware uses a payment method similar to Locky in that it uses TOR and an anonymous Dark Web site to establish communications with its victims and demand payment. After the RansomCuck Ransomware has finished encrypting the victim's files, it drops HTML and TXT files named 'How_to_Recover_Files' on the victim's computer. The RansomCuck Ransomware will change the extension of all files it encrypts to either '.the RansomCuck' or just '.cuck,' depending on the RansomCuck Ransomware variant infecting the victim's computer. Since the decryption key necessary to recover the affected files is not stored in the RansomCuck Ransomware's code or anywhere in the victim's computer, it may be impossible to decrypt the keys without access to it. Malware researchers, however, strongly advise computer users to avoid paying the ransom amount.

The RansomCuck Ransomware may Still be Under Development

PC security analysts have not observed the widespread distribution of the RansomCuck Ransomware and, judging from recent attacks, it is highly likely that the RansomCuck Ransomware still under development. It is, however, highly likely that new variants and features will be developed in relation to the RansomCuck Ransomware, making this threat a possible danger in the future. Regardless of the threat posed by the RansomCuck Ransomware, it is never a good idea to pay the RansomCuck Ransomware's ransom. Paying these ransomware demands allow con artists to continue developing their threats and distributing it o unsuspecting victims.

How Threats Like the RansomCuck Ransomware may be Distributed

The most common method for distributing threats like the RansomCuck Ransomware is by spreading it using corrupted email attachments. These email attachments may be disguised to appear as harmless files or documents that must be opened immediately (such as invoices, airplane tickets, reservations, etc.) PC security researchers strongly advise computer users to avoid opening unsolicited email attachments or clicking on links embedded in unsolicited email messages. If you receive an unsolicited email attachment or a suspicious email message even from a source you know, PC security analysts recommend confirming it with the sender by using an external method (such as a phone call or in person) to find out whether that person sent that email message and attached content effectively.

Dealing with the RansomCuck Ransomware

One of the main problems with threats like the RansomCuck Ransomware is that, even if removed, the files encrypted by the RansomCuck Ransomware will remain inaccessible. This is what has made these threats so effective and popular among threat developers. Because of this, protecting yourself against the RansomCuck Ransomware does not involve only the use of a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date; it is also a must-do to establish strong backup practices for all files on your computer. If a backup of your files exists, then the people responsible for the RansomCuck Ransomware or other ransomware will no longer have any leverage to extract a ransom from you.


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