Stinger Ransomware DescriptionType: Ransomware
The Stinger Ransomware is an encryption ransomware Trojan that was first observed on March 19, 2018. The Stinger Ransomware is a typical encryption ransomware threat, which uses a strong encryption algorithm to take the victim's files hostage and then demands the payment of a ransom. Attacks like the Stinger Ransomware are becoming common increasingly, and PC security researchers advise computer users to protect their information from threats like the Stinger Ransomware.
The Stinger that will Strike Your Files
The Stinger Ransomware can be easily identified easily because it will corrupt the victim's files and then rename them by adding the file extension '.stinger' to the affected files' names. The Stinger Ransomware uses the AES 256 encryption to make the victim's files inaccessible. The Stinger Ransomware may be delivered to the victim's computer via unsafe email attachments. Victims of the Stinger Ransomware will receive an email message containing a Microsoft Word email attachment carrying macro scripts that download and install the Stinger Ransomware on the targeted computer. Some of the file types that are encrypted in ransomware attacks like the Stinger Ransomware include:
.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .xqx, .zip.
The Stinger Ransomware also will disable some features of the Windows operating systems that could help computer users recover their files, such as the Shadow Volume copies and the System Restore points.
The Stinger Ransomware's Ransom Demand
The Stinger Ransomware will deliver a ransom note to the victim's computer after encrypting the victim's files. The Stinger Ransomware's ransom note is contained in a text file named 'About .Stinger unlocking instructions.txt.' This ransom note alerts the victim of the attack in several languages, and also include various random characters that may be the result of missing fonts for languages included in the ransom note. The Stinger Ransomware ransom note prompts the victim to contact the cybercrooks via email. The full text of the Stinger Ransomware ransom note reads:
'Hello, friend, Please read the following
Your file has been locked, please do not close the system, or modify the extension name
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Votre dossier est verrouill¨¦, veuillez ne pas le syst¨¨me de fermeture ou de modifier des extensions.
Die datei IST gesperrt, bitte nicht verschließen Oder änderung der verlängerung.
Please E-Mail me, unlock the cost USD 100.00.
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Contacting the cybercrooks associated with the Stinger Ransomware attack may be a pointless resource. Instead, affected computer users should take preemptive measures to protect their data from attacks like the Stinger Ransomware.
Protecting Your Data and Preventing Attacks Like the Stinger Ransomware
The best way to ensure that your data is safe from the Stinger Ransomware is to have file backups on cloud storage or an external device. PC security researchers also recommend that computer users have a security program that is fully up-to-date, which can prevent the Stinger Ransomware from being installed in the first place. However, the best protection against the Stinger Ransomware and similar threats is to have the ability to restore any files encrypted by the attack due to the strength of the encryption algorithm used to corrupt the victim's files.
This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your computer. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.