The Rugi Ransomware is a potent threat that can devastate the computers it manages to infect. By initiating an encryption routine with an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm, the threat can lock a wide variety of file types, rendering them both unusable and inaccessible in the process. Rugi appears to be another variant from the infamous STOP/Djvu malware family. It joins other threats such as Hep, Rivd and Irjg. Although all variants operate in a virtually identical manner, they remain extremely threatening.
As part of its nefarious activities, Rugi will mark all files it affects by appending '.rugi' as a new extension to their original names. After locking all targeted file types, the threat will drop a ransom note on the infected machine. The ransom-demanding message will be contained inside a text file named '_readme.txt.'
Ransom Note's Details
The demands of Rugi are consistent with those of other STOP/Djvu ransomware. It tells victims that their data is not really lost but just encrypted. To restore their files, the affected users will have to buy the decryption key and software tool from the attackers by paying the demanded ransom. Rugi's operators put the price of the ransom at $980 but they also make an offer that will reduce that amount by 50%, down to $490. The only requirement is for the victims to message the hackers within the first 72 hours of Rugi Ransomware's infection.
The note also mentions that the hackers are willing to decrypt a single file for free. To send the chosen file and receive additional instructions, victims are directed towards messaging the two email addresses found in the ransom note - 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and 'email@example.com.'
The full text of the threat's instructions is:
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
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