Cybersecurity experts are struggling to keep up with all the ransomware threats that cybercriminals are pumping out. Creating and distributing a data-locking Trojan is not as difficult as it may sound initially. Most cyber crooks opt to borrow the code of existing ransomware threats and alter it slightly to fit their needs. This is a far easier approach than building a file-encrypting Trojan from scratch. This is what the creators of the Righ Ransomware have done exactly. This newly uncovered ransomware threat is a copy of the infamous STOP Ransomware – the most active ransomware family in 2019, with over 200 copies built and distributed.
Propagation and Encryption
The creators of the Righ Ransomware may be using spam emails to propagate their creation, as this appears to be the most commonly used distribution method when it comes to threats of this type. The spam emails would often contain an attachment that is meant to appear as a harmless document that is anything but harmless. If the users get tricked into launching the attached file, their systems will get infected with the Righ Ransomware. Other popular propagation methods are bogus software downloads and updates, fake pirated content such as applications and media files, torrent trackers, etc. File-locking Trojans, like the Righ Ransomware, are often programmed to target a very long list of file types that have a high chance of being present on the system of regular users. Rest assured that any .mp3, .mp4, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .mov, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx files will be encrypted and rendered unusable. The Righ Ransomware appends a ‘.righ’ extension at the end of all the locked files’ names. This means that an image that was named ‘hell-fire.jpeg’ originally will be renamed to ‘hell-fire.jpeg.righ’ when the Righ Ransomware locks it.
The Ransom Note
Upon completing the encryption process, the Righ Ransomware will drop its ransom note on the user’s desktop. The ransom message of the Righ Ransomware is contained in a file by the name ‘_readme.txt,’ which is a trademark of ransomware threats that belong to the STOP Ransomware family. The ransom message states:
- The ransom fee is $490 for all users who get in touch with the authors of the threat within 72 hours of the attack taking place.
- Users who fail to meet the deadline set by the attackers will have to pay double the ransom fee, which will be $980.
- The attackers are willing to decrypt 2-3 files free of charge to convince the victim that they have a functioning decryption key.
- The contact details of the attackers - ‘email@example.com’ and ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.’
There is no valid reason for you to pay the ransom fee. Most victims of ransomware who decide to pay up end up empty-handed when the attackers decide to ghost them after they get the cash. If you have become a victim of the Righ Ransomware, you should consider investing in a genuine anti-malware application that will help you rid your system of the Righ Ransomware and make sure to protect your PC going forward.